℗ 2017 2xHD
 

Ballads

Ben Webster

Available in 192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit AIFF, FLAC and 11.2896 MHz, 5.6448 MHz, and 2.8224 MHz DSD / DSF high-resolution audio formats

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1
Stardust
Ben Webster
6:24
2
Cry Me a River
Ben Webster
4:14
3
For Heaven's Sake
Ben Webster
7:50
4
Greensleeves
Ben Webster
2:26
5
My Romance
Ben Webster
8:37
6
Willow Weep for Me
Ben Webster
5:21
7
Old Folks
Ben Webster
7:33
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    42:25
Swing tenor saxophone player Ben Webster earned the nickname “The Brute and the Beautiful” in jazz circles where his musical versatility was well-known. Webster's signature tough, raspy and gruff tone softened on ballads, which he played with warmth and sentiment. This release presents the romantic side of Webster, showcasing some of his most impressive sessions from the 1950s, accompanied by Billy Strayhorn, Teddy Wilson and Jimmy Hamilton.
192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 11.2896 MHz, 5.6448 MHz, and 2.8224 MHz DSD – 2xHD Studio Masters

This album is a high-resolution digital transfer of material originating from an analogue master source. As a result of the analogue recording technology utilized during its production, it is possible that it may contain an audible noise floor as well as other artifacts, and may also have limitations in bandwidth and/or dynamic range.

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 CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired from the playback head directly to a Telefunken EF806 tube, using OCC silver cable. 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 transformed 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 HDdac (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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