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Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2007
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2012
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2010
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
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. I got this CD a week ago, and I've listened to it a few times every day since. I have now told my wife that I want to get a multi thousand dollar tenor sax. That should pretty much describe how I feel about this album. Oh yeah and by the way the piano accompanist is perhaps the greatest pianist of all time. My life was incomplete before I heard this record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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. In the old remastering you hear the saxophone playing upfront, with every nuance, every sigh of air in Ben Webster's playing, and the rythm section is in the middle ground, with a natural distances from each other, but not exclusively left and right as in the newer remaster), and the sound is natural. In the new remastering, where the sound is much less full, the saxophones are recessed in the middle ground, with the piano exclusively on the left side and the drums and bass on the other side, far from each other. It is very distracting and unnatural to me. The sound is more sterile, maybe cleaner, but you don't get the same intensity in the saxophone playing, with all its nuances, which get lost in the new version. Try out the sound of both versions, here on amazon. It's immediately apparent. Honestly, I love putting in the album and press play, and hear nothing but the music the musicians meant for me to hear. This album is true art of the highest order, one of the greatest. Extra tracks, false start, studio chatter is nice to listen to for a couple of times, but to my taste, ends up being ballast, forcing me to program the CD player every time. I appreciate jazz lovers who enjoy the false starts and alternate tracks, by all means get the new version and enjoy :)

I love the packaging of the newer Master Edition, but too often the print is so miniscule, that I need a magnifying glass to read it (and I have great sight). The old edition is much less stylish, but clearly readable even for sight-challenged folks.

I often like the original remasters by Dennis Drake much better than the later Master Edition... especially here, and in the early Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks, which sound much warmer and fuller in the first remasterings.

Here's the old edition on amazon, which you can pick up for as low as $ 3 used:

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or search amazon for B00000E5IZ

Whichever remastering one you get - I promise, you will enjoy this wonderful album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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 jerker!
Get it now!
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