Ben Webster and Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison – Ben and ‘Sweets’ (1962) [Reissue 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:49 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1,6 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Scans NOT included | 875 MB
The two jazz giants Ben Webster and Harry “Sweets” Edison had long wanted to record an album together, and in 1962, they did. Although associated with two different orchestras (Edison was with Basie and Webster was with Ellington), these two swing kings found that they had a lot in common. This album features both horn men on three medium tempo blues, “Better Go”, “Kitty”, and “Did You Call Her Today”. Other than this, Webster gets two tenor features, contributing absolutely luscious solos on both “How Long Has This Been Going On”, and “My Romance”. Newly remastered for Hybrid SACD.
“Wanted to Do One Together” (also released as Ben and “Sweets”) is an album by Ben Webster and Harry “Sweets” Edison that was recorded in 1962 and released by the Columbia label. Webster had previously recorded with Edison on his albums Sweets (Clef, 1956) and Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You (Verve, 1957).
Tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison, both veterans of the swing era (although associated with different orchestras), had long wanted to record a full album together. The results, a swinging quintet set with pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Clarence Johnston, are quite rewarding. There are two ballad features for the tenor (“How Long Has This Been Going On” and a beautiful version of “My Romance”) and one for Edison (“Embraceable You”), along with three medium-tempo collaborations. Nothing unexpected occurs but the melodic music is quite enjoyable.
01. Better Go
02. How Long Has This Been Going On
04. My Romance
05. Did You Call Her Today
06. Embraceable You
Ben Webster – Tenor Sax
Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison – Trumpet
Hank Jones – Piano
George Duvivier – Bass
Clarence Johnston – Drums
Recorded on June 6 & 7, 1962 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City, NY.