Artist: Ben Webster
Song: Duke’s in Bed (1969)
Author of this blog: Barend Gevers Deynoot
Like all readers of this awesome blog you ask yourself the question: what would I write about? What gives me goosebumps? The answer to this question is already so important to realise. For different situations there is always a song for the moment. Let it be ‘Matthäus Passion: Erbarme dich (Damien Guillon – Philippe Herreweghe)’ for that beautiful inside moment where you just need some classical music. Or just quite the opposite with ‘SKIP&DIE – “La Cumbia Dictadura” (Live at ADE Paradiso)’ for stuff to slowly but surely hit the fan.
For me there is one song for the moment. It’s Ben Webster’s ‘Duke’s in Bed’ (at 36:07) and I’m pretty darn sure you’re not ready at the moment. So press play for the album ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ to get in the mood. Let yourself be jazzed into the moment. This diverse American jazz saxophonist, 1909-1973, has beautiful romantic songs, loves making solos and from the third song of this album you start to feel the body moving tunes. The tunes which makes him so great in my opinion.
Let me describe the pose you should be taking when pressing the play button of Duke’s in Bed. Tilt you head slightly down and to the side, your left hand a bit in the air and your right hand ready to bounce to the music. You will be thrown right into the moment. After the first solo the fire is lessened but the drummer adequately intensifies his playing to keep the jazz flowing. Then after the second solo Ben Webster takes off with an amazing solo that just gives you the creeping ‘oeef aaaai nice’ feeling.
Turn up the speakers, get ready (remember: 36:07) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.