- Ben Webster and Associates
- (180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition, 2PC)
- Artist: Ben Webster
- Format: LP
- Release Date:7/17/2012
(2-LP set) While it is difficult to single out just one of the musicians, it is easy to distinguish them: Ben Webster (called "The Brute") plays with a raspy, vibrating sound; Coleman Hawkins (known as "The Bear") is a master of flowing swing; and Budd Johnson has an earthy, resonant bluesy sound. The five numbers reflect the jam-like spontaneity of the 1959 session; an Ellington classic by the three in a masterful, inspirational new interpretation; three pieces which are intrinsically and hoc improvisations; and a classical ballad in which Ben Webster breathes warmth and sentiment into his instrument. This release also includes Jazz Greats Ray Brown and Jo Jones. Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog master tapes & pressed at RTI. 2500 limited edition and numbered copies. 180 Gram vinyl, 45 RPM set.