Many saxophonists have come close, but none have quite equaled the fullness of tone, enveloping spirit, or sense of uncompromised soul that jazz giants Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster produced on their instruments. This 1957 Verve date with Norman Granz behind the boards finds the two tenors matching wits with iconic accompaniment from Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), Oscar Peterson (piano) and Alvin Stoller (drums).
From Hawkins' screaming solo on album opener "Blues for Yolanda," to the saxophone greats' beautiful give and take on the ballads It Never Entered My Mind and Prisoner of Love to the melodic toe tappers You'd be So Nice to Come Home To and Tangerine, this 6-song set is warm, lyrical and altogether essential!
As critic Nat Hentoff makes clear, Coleman Hawkins and Ben 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.
Hawkins and Webster play tenor saxophone during this October 16, 1957 session joined by Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis and Alvin Stoller.
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Original Verve Label Recording
Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone
Ben Webster, tenor saxophone
Ray Brown, bass
Oscar Peterson, piano
Herb Ellis, guitar
Alvin Stoller, drums
1. Blues for Yolande
2. It Never Entered My Mind
4. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
5. Prisoner of Love
7. Shine On Harvest Moon