24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Recorded in 1957 this session captures Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster duelling on Tenor Saxophones. The standard is set on the opening track ' Blues for Yolande'. This is a steady driving blues. Hawkins takes the first solo and after two choruses lets rip on the 3rd chorus with as raucous a blues riff as you're ever likely to hear on a Tenor Saxophone.
Whether 'Blues for Yolande' was the first recorded track I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me if that was Coleman Hawkins putting down a marker. Of course later on Ben Webster gets a chance to shine with some of his brilliant breathy ballad playing.
The rhythm section is Alvin Stoller on drums, Ray Brown on Bass, Herb Ellis on Guitar and Oscar Peterson on Piano. As the previous reviewer said these guys are as good as it gets.
A marvellous album that grows on you with repeated listens.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2008
Some might say (including historians, musical producers and liner notes writers) that Hawkins was much better than Webster, that only Young could equall his power with his unique approach. Even if this is true, the level at which Hawk and Webster play is so high that I see the meeting of two true giants.
Impecable rhythm section led by great Oscar Peterson always helps at these Verve style encounters and I feel that both tenor plays made the best of it.
Whether it is gentle ballads, blowing the blues or harmonizing in rhythm, this CD should satisfy not only swing and mainstream fans but also modern jazz fans: mainstream by definition leans somewhat towards modern jazz and Hawk and Peterson particularly well blend the best of both worlds (as they did throught their careers; Hawkins even before modern jazz was born).
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Hawkins and Webster sound great together on this album. It was recorded in the late-fifties, but sounds surprisingly contemporary, thanks to fine playing and some excellent remastering of the sound. In the background, Oscar Peterson and co provide a blue-chip rhythm section that never intrudes into the saxophone duels between Hawkins and Webster. Some lovely blues and ballads make this a recording you will return to again and again.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2011
I own a vinyl copy of this that I transferred to CD some time ago. I then acquired this CD version. The vinyl had more tracks, but the CD quality is far better. One of my all-time favourites!