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Frank Wess: Magic 101

Former Count Basie Band saxophonist Frank Wess, 89 at the time of this 2011 recording, is in classic form throughout. Accompanied by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Winard Harper, he employs his tenor saxophone exclusively-no flute, no alto. He has a thick tone and articulates notes in a manner reminiscent of Ben … Read More “Frank Wess: Magic 101”

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Hank Jones and Frank Wess: Hank and Frank II

Hank Jones and Frank Wess Hank and Frank II Lineage Records Frank Wess Nonet Once Is Not Enough Labeth Music The second meeting of Hank and Frank is built around a menu of “less than” standards and “too” standards and features performances by guitarist Ilya Lushtak and vocalist Marion Cowlings. I was not familiar with … Read More “Hank Jones and Frank Wess: Hank and Frank II”

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The 20th Estoril Jazz Festival: Brecker Brothers, Frank Wess, Grilled Sardines, and More

The Estoril Jazz Festival closely reflects the personal tastes of its charismatic founder, Duarte Mendonça, whose lifelong passion for no-nonsense, straightahead jazz dates back to 1948 and is equaled only by his love of vintage racing cars. Mendonça has been bringing quality jazz to this idyllic seaside slice of Portugal since 1974 with relatively few … Read More “The 20th Estoril Jazz Festival: Brecker Brothers, Frank Wess, Grilled Sardines, and More”

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