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Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (July 29, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: 1452142726
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ENCOUNTERS BEN WEBSTER 1957

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Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster first met at a Kansas City jam session at which Hawkins finally encountered his match in local tenors Webster, Herschel Evans, and Lester Young. The all-night meeting has become the stuff of legend (and a continuous thread in Robert Altman's film Kansas City, though there it's reduced to two tenors). Recorded by Norman Granz, this 1957 meeting supports the two with fine accompaniment that includes Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Herb Ellis. The material includes the great "Blues for Yolanda," with a honking, squeaking solo that suggests Hawkins is the father of all R&B tenor saxophonists as well as those in jazz, while "Rosalita" has an engaging Latin beat. There's also plenty of room for the two to display their ballad art, but there's no real competition between the two big-toned, gruff tenorists, each a mature artist enjoying the highest challenge a peer might offer. --Stuart Broomer

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Hodges on April 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of the most beautiful records ever made. The "Master Edition" sound quality lets you truly hear the heartrending tone of these tenor giants. Beyond jazz, this will move anyone with a pulse. After seven tracks that leave you emotionally stunned, where you kept turning it up to savor every nuance of tone and feeling, you suddenly get the sound of a recording engineer barking into a mike! The fools just had to fill some unused CD real estate and mar one of the most beautiful records ever made with some let's look behind the curtain "Blues for Yolanda" outtakes! Why not use "Maria" and "Cocktails for Two", tracks from the same session I've found on other compilations? So be ready to shut down your CD player after "Shine On Harvest Moon". Grafitti on the Mona Lisa, fercrysakes.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JG on October 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A classic of jazz, the studio work of these 2 giants together in this mid to late 1950's period put forth some of the greatest sounding music ever layed down.

Hawkinks the master,Webster,the sweet soul bluesman on these tracks are an amazing display of blues,and jazz with the great Oscar Peterson on piano.

There are a whole slew of recordings done in this 1950's era for Verve comprising a similiar lineup of these stellar musicians and many are on the Veve master-editions issue...not to be missed for those exploring are the Genius of Coleman Hawkins,Ben Webster and Associates,Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson,Ben Webster's Soulville..these releases were all repackaged with liner notes and given great treatment..

All of these "senior" masters were given their due late on in their careers but the greatness of their youth is revisited on this and the other fine releases.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nikica Gilic on September 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Some might say (including historians, musical producers and liner notes writers) that Hawkins was much better than Webster, that only Young could equall his power with his unique approach. Even if this is true, the level at which Hawk and Webster play is so high that I see the meeting of two true giants.
Impecable rhythm section led by great Oscar Peterson always helps at these Verve style encounters and I feel that both tenor plays made the best of it. Whether it is gentle ballads, blowing the blues or harmonizing in rhythm, this CD should satisfy not only swing and mainstream fans but also modern jazz fans: mainstream by definition leans somewhat towards modern jazz and Hawk and Peterson particularly well blend the best of both worlds (as they did throught their careers; Hawkins even before modern jazz was born).
A classic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JoeyD on May 12, 2007
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A great album to do nothing but relax to. Turn this one on, dim the lights down low, crash on the couch and let this marvelous music work it's magic. This album is the perfect panacea for the blues, a perfect preventive for all of the daily stress in living in this chaotic, barbarous world. If you are a fan of jazz, and you don't own this one yet, then you definitely need to make this purchase.

This 1957 recording is a work of art, and why shouldn't it be with a such a great group of legends. The whole album, every second, every single solo, every song, is perfect. And first-rate of a line-up this certainly is, with - Hawkins & Webster (tenor sax), Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass) and Alvin Stoller (drums) - all giving excellent, first-rate performances.

Webster is wonderful! He plays with such warmth and tenderness and in many ways his playing reminds me of Sinatra (when crooning a sad song) in the way that he is not afraid of bravely baring his whole, frail soul. He emits from his sax the softest, sweetest, most serene sounds I can ever remembering hearing from anyone at anytime. And then, there's Coleman Hawkins (a.k.a the Bean) who compliments his partner so well with his sweet, soulful, harmonious style. Hawk always seems to be under full control, always at ease, while he makes it look and sound so effortless, so easy it almost seems as if he came out of his mother's womb making those sounds. As I said before, and it's worth repeating - WHAT A COMBO!

These two legends really shine, and with the excellent, if not perfect performances by their supporting cast it makes for one of the most memorable recordings in my jazz collection and one that I very highly recommend. This music is soft, stirring and tranquil, yet most of all it's just plain and simply BEAUTIFUL!

Enjoy and live well!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Cendana on April 17, 2012
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I have to thank the jazz enthusiasts at Amazon for pointing me towards some of the most beautifully compelling music I have ever heard. I've had a passing acquaintance with jazz for a long time. But never really understood the genre until I began to buy more records and read what was written at this incredibly important site. I've learned so much. Now, with over 200 jazz cds in my collection, I feel confident enough to offer my own review for the first time. Here it is- BUY THIS FREAKIN CD! No, definitely. Don't read anything else. Don't second guess the purchase. Buy it... Now. I discovered Coleman Hawkins some time ago and have loved him. His tone is uniquely sensual and pure. Exactly what you would expect from lonely "late on a dark evening" street jazz. The man will move you. And to encounter Ben Webster, well there's nothing else to say. It's some of the purest early bebop you will ever hear. Traces of swing but it all belongs to Hawkins. And I promise you will smile through every note. Simply astounding!
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