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Just about perfect
T. Butler | Chicago, IL United States | 08/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Actually I am not big fan of jazz mixing with strings - it seems to have a muzaky feeling to it. But.... this album is so well done, Webster's playing is so amazing, that there is no way anyone could call this muzak. The sound is excellent. It was recorded at Radio Recorders - a great sound studio that was very popular in Hollywood in the 50s. The strings are extremely lush and Webster sounds as if he is in the room with you. One additional note - Webster's signiture breathy sound is much less breathy than in later albums. Not better, not worse - just a different sound than I am used to hearing. I highly suggest this CD to any Webster fan and anyone looking for a big fat mellow sound."
Mesmerizing Tone of Ben Webster
Kevin J. Roberts | 09/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the greatest tenor players ever. The tone of his sax overcomes any hesitation you might have over orchestral arrangements, which are not bad at all. NOTE: The cover shown in the Amazon posting is not the cover that is actually presented in this edition, which actually shows the original cover, a different, and excellent, color photo. The photo in the Amazon listing is, I believe, that issued with the Discovery label reissue, which was published a few years earlier."
Kevin J. Roberts | 06/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ben Webster loved strings as accompaniment, but he's mellow enough on ballads already. "Music For Loving" is a better mix of strings & Ben, with great arrangements by Billy Strayhorn & others, plus you get to hear Harry Carney's session with his lush baritone sax. Still there are some moments on this CD, & Ben's playing is primo. Notes: "Time After Time" sounds weak compared to the version on "Ben Webster & Associates", the one cut on that CD that features Ben solo & ranks as one of his best ballads on record, so unlike the "jam-session" feel of the rest of the cuts there. Warm Moods works best on "shuffle" mode mixed with other CD's."