The Prestige All Stars - Tenor Conclave



Analogue Productions (Prestige)



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APRJ 7074
UPC: 753088707414
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP  
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Cut from the analogue masters by renowned mastering engineer Kevin Gray

180-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings

Deluxe high-gloss tip-on album jacket

This unusual meeting of four tenor saxophone players from different "schools" was part of the Prestige Friday afternoon jam session series but far from a typical outing. The giant forebears of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker inform the backgrounds of the performers on this LP — Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and John Coltrane — and other influences such as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, and the Sonnys (Stitt and Rollins) show up, too, depending on which of the four protagonists you’re talking about.


With the Red Garland Trio supplying the underpinning, the four tenors meet on the common ground of the blues ("Bob’s Boys"), "I Got Rhythm" ("Tenor Conclave"), and two old standards. (The originals are by Mobley.) Rather than the stylistic differences, what stands out here is the compatibility and spirit of the four meeting on this common ground in an uncommon session.



Originally released in 1956

John Coltrane, tenor sax
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
Al Cohn, tenor sax
Zoot Sims, tenor sax
Red Garland, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Art Taylor, drums



1. Bob's Boys
2. Just You, Just Me
3. Tenor Conclave
4. How Deep Is the Ocean

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

A real Gem!

posted on 02/03/2015
5 Stars
Stellar playing from 4 masters of the Tenor. Swings hard ! What a beautifully mastered recording. I can hardly believe this mono. Sound quality good as many of my audiophile 45 RPM's. QRP pressings are some of the best I've heard. A joy to listen too. Don't miss this one.

Ensemble Wonderment

posted on 02/17/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Fred Davidson
This is an unusual meeting of some tenor artists, with stunning rhythm section support. There is a very helpful "cheat sheet" at the end of the back cover notes, allowing the listener to follow the solo ordering by the tenor players, but to me, the most touching and enjoyable portions are when all four play as a sax ensemble. The album is straight-ahead bop, and when the four-sax ensemble comes up, it reminds us of the roots of bop in swing. Everything is connected, after all.

Highly recommended.

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