The identification of Ben Webster with slow ballads is so natural that it’s surprising there have not been more albums like the present one. It seems the only previous ballad collections are Ben’s three albums with strings, which obviously constitute a special genre of “mood music”. The first of in fact was titled, with the naivety of the very early LP-era, Music for Loving.
This album on the other hand, represents much better the performances which were an essential part of Ben’s live repertoire. Selected from the typical saxophone-and-rhythm format of his European period (1964-73), it deliberately places together a series of similar tempos and similar standard songs, each played during a longer set of big-band music or of Ben’s ow group. Unlike the with-strings recordings, it throws a clear spotlight on this remarkable aspect of the saxophonist’s work.
Total time: 00:42:25
For the recordings on this album, the original ¼” 15 ips CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired from the playback head directly to a Telefunken EF806 tube, using OCC silver cable. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain a better resolution and 3D imaging.The resulting signal is then transformed into high resolution formats by recording it in DSD11.2kHz using a Merging Technologies’ Horus A to D converter.
Andre Perry, Rene Laflamme.
|Original Recording Format|
Karl Emil Knudsen, Erik Moseholm
|Recording Type & Bit Rate|
Analog Tape to DSD256
|Release Date||June 3, 2017|
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