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Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Paul W. Coleman, Ben Webster, Coleman HawkinsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous album with a nasty flaw 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
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Meets The Eye 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Meeting of Giants 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
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A COMBO!!!! WHAT A RECORDING!!!! May 12, 2007
By JoeyD
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars I does not come to be any better February 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
For every jazz fan - this is an absolute requirement to have this album !
Just listen to Prisoner of Love or It never entered my mind.. No further comments !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best October 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Recorded in 1957 this session captures Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster duelling on Tenor Saxophones. The standard is set on the opening track ' Blues for Yolande'. This is a steady driving blues. Hawkins takes the first solo and after two choruses lets rip on the 3rd chorus with as raucous a blues riff as you're ever likely to hear on a Tenor Saxophone.
Whether 'Blues for Yolande' was the first recorded track I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me if that was Coleman Hawkins putting down a marker. Of course later on Ben Webster gets a chance to shine with some of his brilliant breathy ballad playing.

The rhythm section is Alvin Stoller on drums, Ray Brown on Bass, Herb Ellis on Guitar and Oscar Peterson on Piano. As the previous reviewer said these guys are as good as it gets.

A marvellous album that grows on you with repeated listens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth
This cd is great. The perfect mix of two saxs jamming together. This is definitely a must of the collector.
Published 3 months ago by Dawn Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
I can't say enough about this recording. It's beautiful! From the moment it began to play, I knew it would be special, and repeated plays have only strengthened that feeling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John F. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar
Hawkin's and Webster; any jazz fan know's that's enough.
Fans of these musician's should not, ( and probably won't ), hesitate
to purchase this CD.
Published 21 months ago by Pilgrim
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Jazz Review
I have to thank the jazz enthusiasts at Amazon for pointing me towards some of the most beautifully compelling music I have ever heard. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by M. Cendana
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best recordings of all time
A week ago I felt that all saxophones should be melted down and made into brass instruments; I've heard so much soulless screeching rock sax that I hated the instrument. Read more
Published on November 6, 2010 by Incredibleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! Of my very favorites! But I like the first remastering...
I've owned the first remastering (1980s, but amazon calls it 1990s release) of this album for 18 years, and much prefer that sound to this more recent one in the digipak. Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by German Artist
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Addition
The Webster/Hawkins duo makes a nice addition to our Coleman Hawkins collection. The collaboration seems to show a lighter, more animated side to Mr. Hawkins' amazing work. Read more
Published on November 10, 2009 by Patches
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gorgeous Album From Both Of These Tenor Legends
The great thing about "Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster" is it's not a showcase for chops, but showcase of pure musical expression. Read more
Published on December 21, 2008 by Transfigured Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the two!
This has to be in every jazz buff's collection!a must have as they say!
Listen to how this album swings and the ballad It never entered my mind is down right a tear... Read more
Published on October 30, 2008 by Lucian Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Recorded in 1957 this session captures Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster duelling on Tenor Saxophones. The standard is set on the opening track ' Blues for Yolande'. Read more
Published on May 5, 2007 by S J Buck
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