Various Artists

The Big Three [Doctor Jazz]

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This LP has material that has been reissued several times. "The Big Three" are the top pre-1960 tenors Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Webster is heard on six selections, four with a septet that includes trumpeter Idrees Sulieman and clarinetist Tony Scott and two in a quintet with pianist Al Haig and guitarist Bill DeArango. Webster is in top form on the fairly basic material, particularly on a warm rendition of "I Got It Bad" and the stompin' "The Jeep Is Jumpin'." Coleman Hawkins is heard on two numbers ("Lover Come Back to Me" and "Blue Changes") from an obscure quintet set with pianist Ellis Larkins while Lester Young performs "I Got Rhythm" and alternate takes of "I'm Fer It Too" and "Hello Babe" on a classic session with trumpeter Bill Coleman and trombonist Dickie Wells. Superior swing-oriented music comes from three of the best.