Coleman Hawkins and Confrères

Coleman Hawkins and Confrères


Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster (tenor sax), Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Herb Ellis (guitar), Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson (piano), Ray Brown, George Duvivier (bass), Mickey Sheen, Alvin Stoller (drums)  

Verve 6110

Analogue Productions Records :  2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - Maria
2 - Sunday
3 - Hanid
4 - Honey Flower
5 - Nabob

Recorded on October 16, 1957 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood (1) and February 7, 1958 in New York City (2-5).

Ben Webster had long before passed through the ranks of imitator, then pupil and finally master. His "college attendance," as one might put it, in the Duke Ellington Orchestra gave him a sureness of expression in his great showpieces and he also learned to hold his own against such musical giants as Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton.

"Hawk" was able to thoroughly enjoy his fame in numerous Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts given all over the world, where, of course, he had to assert himself against many other saxophone players. Two such JATP ensembles are to be found on the Confrères LP. The relaxed atmosphere is particularly noticeable in the title "Sunday" in which Roy Eldridge comes into the limelight with a brilliant solo. And just listen to George Duvivier's marvelous bass playing (in "Nabob") where he certainly has no reason to hide in the shadow thrown by Ray Brown. Coleman Hawkins' voluminous, supple sound which had a great influence on the styles of musicians ranging from Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins up to Joe Lovano, is best heard after Roy's solo in "Honey Flower."

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.