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Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster
Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster
Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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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...  more »

      
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All Artists: Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster
Title: Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 7/29/1997
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Swing Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731452142726

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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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I does not come to be any better
Morten Friis | Denmark | 02/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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 !"
The best of the two!
Lucian Chavez | united states | 10/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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!"
Another Gorgeous Album From Both Of These Tenor Legends
J. Rich | 12/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The great thing about "Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster" is it's not a showcase for chops, but showcase of pure musical expression. These two play great together and their styles are very similar. The Hawk and Frog are joined by Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums. This such a great recording and it would be wise to pick it up before it goes out of print."