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The Complete 1960 Jazz Cellar Session + bonus tracks

Ben Webster & Johnny Hodges Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Solar
  • ASIN: B004RTD4O4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A couple of old masters 8 Jun 2011
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A thoroughly pleasant session by two of the greatest talents in jazz, but don't expect any surprises; it would be an exaggeration to say thet either was particularly fired up for the occasion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A listening pleasure. 9 Sep 2013
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A fine recording of two great artists producing musical enjoyment. Both cd & vinyl are excellent but the vinyl raises the bar higher. Both versions played on very high quality equipment. Either version will satisfy,if you enjoy these artists. A worthwhile purchase.William
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5.0 out of 5 stars Webster & Hodges, How Can You Go Wrong? 26 Oct 2011
By rayja - Published on Amazon.com
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Anytime you put two of the Duke's hornmen together, you'll get magic. This CD is 73:18 long. The first 12 tracks are from the 60's meeting. Besides our tenor and alto, we have Lou Levy on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums. Tracks 13-17 has Ray Nance on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Emil Richards on vibes, Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass, Mel Lewis on drums, and arranged by Jimmy Hamilton, in Los Angeles, January 31, 1961.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In my regular rotation 2 Jan 2013
By Durtboy505 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a lot of other Hodges and Webster but most of it is bigger band arrangements. This session is perfect. You can't stop tapping your toes and humming this stuff, I promise. Most of it only has Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster as dueling saxophones, backed by a very tasty combo of electric guitar, piano, drums and bass, I wish I knew their names. The rhythm section plays rather understated but really groovy stuff if you listen carefully. The pianist and guitarist take their turns and provide very tasty solos. But, Johnny and Ben are spot on! Beautiful melodies and harmonies with a little bluesy swagger. Their solos will haunt you. I wish I could play half that well. The audio quality is some of the best I've gotten, its warm but still crisp and clear, a great digital remaster! I bought this first on CD about 6 months ago but I wanted to take it everywhere and I was in a hurry so i re-purchased it as a download to my cloud. The mp3 version has the tracks in a different order from the CD I first purchased? Anyways, buy it now if you are a fan of either Webster or Hodges work, this is in my regular rotation and I think you will agree.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A musical dream come true! 26 Mar 2013
By WILLIAM MCENEANEY - Published on Amazon.com
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If I were to travel across our country in my automobile and were restricted to only a handful of jazz recordings, the Webster/Hodges Jazz Cellar Session would be included.
Both musicians were obviously in top form and having an uninhibited blast! Herb Ellis was tuned right into the fray and added wonderful solos of his own and sound as fresh today as they did in 1960. With the exception of "Exactly Like You" and "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me", the songs are all originals and totally refreshening. "Side Door" by itself is worth the price of the album!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creamy, swinging and lyrical 26 Jun 2013
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first time I have had the pleasure of listening to Hodges and Webster with only a rhythm section for backing. One thing that struck me is their ideas and playing were so mutually complementary.

I could ramble on dissecting each track but would only come off as ignorant and pretentious. Instead, listen to the sound samples on this MP3 version of this album's page: The Complete 1960 Jazz Cellar Session (Bonus Track Version) (there are no samples on the CD format's product page at the time of this review.) As you cycle through the first twelve tracks you will hear just how well they mesh on each number. It's all airy, relaxed and swinging. In fact, those tracks showcase both Hodges' creamy style and Webster's more lyrical side like no other recordings I have come across.

What I consider to be a highlight is the way the rhythm section solidly backs each song without intruding into the obvious musical conversations between Hodges and Webster. I am not as familiar with pianist Lou Levy or bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks, but I greatly admire their playing on each track. Especially Levy whose style added a nice swing to the music. I am very familiar with Herb Ellis (guitar) and Gus Johnson (drums) and could not have chosen two better musicians myself. As a drummer I especially love Johnson whose career claim to fame was backing female vocalists. Given the lyrical nature of the first twelve tracks he was perfectly in his element. I have also watched him live and he is as relaxed as he sounds.

The remaining tracks on the MP3 version of this album are a bonus from a Los Angeles session with a fuller ensemble comprised of Hodges and Webster backed by Ray Nance on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Emil Richards on vibes, Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Frankly these tracks lack the feel of the first twelve and when they start you know immediately that something has changed. Still, I am grateful they were included.

A few final notes: Both sets are studio type recordings. The Jazz Cellar set comprising the first twelve tracks were recorded The Jazz Cellar in San Francisco on November 22 1960, but without an audience. The bonus tracks were recorded in Los Angeles about two and a half months later on January 31, 1961.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swing Blues at its best! 27 Mar 2014
By Sax Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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Blues blown in fine jazz swing style. Blues can be repetitious, but swing jazz blues improvisations elevate the format. Hodges & Webster are kings of this style, as heard on this recording.

While both had success as solo artists apart from the Duke Ellington famous orchestra, they often relied more upon standards & blues variations than upon memorable original melodies in their solo efforts, perhaps leading to modest record sales on many (certainly not all) releases. Hence the one-star deduction here; these guys shine even brighter on well-written standards with true melody, rather than theme riffs that serve as 'bookends' for strings of solos. And yet Hodges came up with many such riffs, as in the long blues in Norman Granz's first 'Jam Session' LP, with Charlie Parker & more all-stars, wherein Webster takes the last solo with his 'Count Basie-style' sparse-note phrasing, after several solos from others with fast runs of many notes, thus creating a marked dynamic contrast. The Jazz Cellar sessions follow that lead quite well.

Smart, harmonized, 'bop-pish' themes begin & end many of these tunes, but the bulk in the middle is simply laid-back jazz blues improv's. There are up-tempo tunes (belying the critics who deny that Webster can play up-tempo), slow tunes (where both horns are expressive of heart & soul), plus nods to Ellington, Strayhorn (the piano opener & closer on 'Dual Highway' comes from 'Take the A Train'), and Fletcher Henderson ('Big Smack,' as 'Smack' was Fletcher's nickname). 'Side Door,' is quite a showcase, as one reviewer mentioned, having shades of Parker & Gillespie, Henderson, even Duke's 'Cotton Tail,' since it runs with the often used 'I've Got Rhythm' chord sequence at up-tempo. I also favor the 'Bojangles' feeling of 'Ben's Web,' and the slow blues of 'Val's Lament,' 'I'd Be There,' and 'Dual Highway.'

This collaboration deserves attention; both saxophonists are at the top of their game, plus the accompaniment is exceptional: Herb Ellis' guitar on most tracks, the solid Lou Levy piano, excellent bass & drums, plus Jimmy Hamilton's arrangements (too bad he didn't play also!) on the bonus tracks (which include a couple of standards), adding Ellington-alumni Ray Nance (trumpet) & Lawrence Brown (trombone) and others. Definitely 2 sessions that cooked, but didn't sell at the time. Well worth a listen or two or three.
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