Label: Analogue Productions / Verve AVRJ 6066-45/Verve MG VS-6066
This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head.
AAA 100% Analogue – Mastered By George Marino at Sterling – 1000 Numbered Limited Edition – Pressed at QRP Quality Record Pressings
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Some of today’s saxophonists come close, but none have either the Hawkins/Webster fullness of tone or the enveloping spirit that sounds a strikingly individual identity. That’s also called soul. When it came to music, neither Hawkins nor Webster would compromise.
“Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster” is a studio album recorded on October 16, 1957, by Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, accompanied by a rhythm section led by Oscar Peterson. In the United Kingdom, the album was released with the title “Blue Saxophones”.
One of the great studio sessions of the 1950’s (and part of a series by producer Norman Granz to pair pianist Oscar Peterson’s trio with great horn players), “Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster” remains a jazz masterpiece. Musicians back then would often show up and call tunes instead of bringing original compositions to recording sessions. The concept may have been simple, but the performances by Hawkins and Webster, two of the greatest tenor saxophone players in jazz, are incredibly deep. The renditions of certain jazz standards on this classic album some of the most beautiful versions ever put on record.
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