This week on Afterglow we’ll feature the 1963 album Soulmates, featuring Ellingtonian tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and future Weather Report keyboardist Joe Zawinul.
This was the first leader date the saxophonist had done in five years (discounting a with-strings session for Reprise) and one of the last albums he’d record in the United States before leaving for Europe to become an expatriate.
Zawinul had been playing with Cannonball Adderley’s band and was letting Webster live in his apartment at the time. Along with trumpeter Thad Jones, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Philly Jo Jones, they produced a stellar mainstream jazz LP, featuring a number of Webster and Zawinul original compositions, in addition to classics such as “Like Someone In Love,” “Travlin’ Light,” and former Webster boss Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday.”
We’ll also hear music from Johnny Hartman, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight, Irene Kral, Lee Morgan, and others.