This Mono Black Label Verve LP from 1959 gets 4 1/2 Stars from AMG!
The sound quality is nothing special but the music is classic Webster.
“This summit meeting turned out to be a tribute to another tenor master of the same generation, Lester Young, who had died less than four weeks before this session. The chosen rhythm section of Jimmy Jones on piano, Les Spann on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Jo Jones on drums equally matches the performance of the featured horns… ” — AMG
We have four categories of sound for the thousands of records we’ve auditioned over the years.
The Ben Webster record above went into our Middling Sound Quality section. It’s not a bad sounding record, but not a very good one either. Although music lovers will be pleased, audiophiles looking for top quality sound are advised to look elsewhere.
These categories are not quite as definitive as they sound, as there could be a Hot Stamper pressing — perhaps a reissue of some kind — of the album that would better fit in the Excellent Sound Quality category.
Pressings with Mind-Blowing Sound Quality
Pressings with Excellent Sound Quality
Pressings with Middling Sound Quality
Pressings with Weak Sound Quality or Music