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Various Artists: Tenor Men, Titans of the Tenor Sax

The ever magisterial Hawkins stamp is all over this CD which features Bean and four of his “disciples” (Ben Webster, Don Byas, Charlie Ventura and Ted Nash) on two tracks each recorded in the mid ’40s. The only ringer is a 19-year-old Stan Getz, a Lester Young devotee, who-according to annotator Scott Yanow-“shows off the unexpected influence of Hawkins…during these intriguing performances.” Oh?

Except for Hawkins, heard here with a septet led by Cozy Cole, the others are featured in a quartet setting. While I can’t imagine any JazzTimes reader of “a certain age” who doesn’t already have something more important by each of these men I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by Les Brown bandsman Nash’s lively take on “Annie Laurie” and Webster’s finding something new to say on “Body and Soul”.

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