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Album Review

W/ Ben Webster. These aren't encounters in the confrontational sense, but a merger of great musical minds.

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Personnel on the recording

I case you want to know, the musicians on the album are Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Oscar Peterson (piano); Herb Ellis (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); Alvin Stoller (drums).


The complementary sonorous tones of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster are something to experience! These artists play with such sensitivity and depth that they must be heard to be believed. I've always respected both men, but never been as captivated by their playing as I am here. The quality of interplay and artistic rapport on this album is utterly delicious. The piano and guitar barely play any solos; they are there for pure accompaniment. Considering the status of Oscar Peterson and Herb Ellis -high level players in their own right- this speaks to the deliberate showcasing of these two tenor icons.

"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" and "Shine On Harvest Moon" are my favorites.

one of the greatest!

A meeting of the giants!Buy this album now!You wont be dissappointed! One for the ages!


Born: March 27, 1909 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Ben Webster was considered one of the "big three" of swing tenors along with Coleman Hawkins (his main influence) and Lester Young. He had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with his own distinctive growls) yet on ballads he would turn into a pussy cat and play with warmth and sentiment. After violin lessons as a child, Webster learned how to play rudimentary piano (his neighbor Pete Johnson taught him to play blues). But after Budd Johnson showed him some basics on the saxophone, Webster...
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