℗ 2018 2xHD

Gentle Ben

Ben Webster, Tete Montoliu Trio

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Ben's Blues
Ben Webster; Tete Montoliu Trio
The Man I Love
Ben Webster; Tete Montoliu Trio
My Nephew Bent
Ben Webster; Tete Montoliu Trio
How Long Has This Been Going On?
Ben Webster; Tete Montoliu Trio
Sweet Georgia Brown
Ben Webster; Tete Montoliu Trio
Don't Blame Me
Ben Webster; Tete Montoliu Trio
Did You Call?
Ben Webster; Tete Montoliu Trio
Barcelona Shout
Ben Webster; Tete Montoliu Trio
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    56:11
Recorded in Barcelona three months before tenor saxophone player Ben Webster's death in September 1973, Gentle Ben showcases the more sensitive, gentle, and sensual side of his playing. All of the tracks on this album perfectly exemplifies Webster's unique rich sound, specifically on tracks The Man I Love and Sweet Georgia Brown.
192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 11.2896 MHz, 5.6448 MHz, 2.8224 MHz DSD – 2xHD Studio Masters

This album contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source.

From 2xHD:

In the constant evolution of its proprietary mastering process, 2xHD has progressed to a new phase called 2xHD FUSION, integrating the finest analog, with state-of-the-art digital technology.

The mastering chain consists of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment. For the recordings on this album, the original ¼” 15 ips NAB and CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier. 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 transferred into high-resolution formats by recording it in DSD 11.2 MHz using a Merging Technologies’ Horus A to D converter. All analog and digital cables that are used are state of the art. The 2xHD FUSION mastering system is powered by a super capacitor power supply, using a new technology that lowers the digital noise found in the lowest level of the spectrum. A vacuum tube NAGRA HD DAC (DSD) is used as a reference digital playback converter in order to A and B with the original analog master tape, permitting the fusion of the warmth of analog with the refinement of digital.

2xHD Mastering: René Laflamme
2xHD Executive Producer: André Perry

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