Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster
Label: Analogue Productions
Verve's 1957 album Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster is nothing less than a jazz masterpiece. In the words of Nat Hentoff, Hawkins and Webster were "larger than life." Formidable, even forbidding presences, they revealed a depth of feeling in their playing that spoke of their vast life experiences, as great writers or painters speak through their work. This is a supremely melodic and deeply sensitive record. The two legendary saxophonists display a warmth and lyricism that eschews complicated rhythms and harmonies and plays straight to the heart. This high resolution SACD remaster from Analogue Productions lets all the beauty of the sound of the original master be heard.