Joe Wilder, Thad Jones (tp), Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Henry Coker, Urbie Green (tb), Frank Wess (ts, fl), Jimmy Jones, Hank Jones (p), Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus (b), Osie Johnson, Kenny Clarke (d)
Reference: FSRCD 469
Bar code: 8427328604697
Frank Wess, a first-class multi-reedman, arranger, composer and notable soloist in Count Basies great 50s big band, is the protagonist of this special compilation of his complete 1954 sessions for Commodore, his first as a leader. Inspired by both Ben Webster and, particularly, Lester Young, he shows in these swinging New York quintet-sextet recordings his light yet full-bodied sound, backed by such exceptional jazzmen as Henry Coker, Urbie Green, Joe Wilder and Oscar Pettiford. As a bonus, Bitty Ditty and Elusive, two equally engaging tracks he recorded for Debut the same year, under the leadership of trumpeter Thad Jones, are included. Especially noteworthy on these tunesand on the session as a wholeis his great solo work on tenor saxophone.
01. Wess Point (Wess) 2:12
02. Some Other Spring (Wilson-Herzog) 4:30
03. Mishawaka (Olsen) 4:47
04. Flute Song (Wess-Feather) 3:37
05. Basie Aint Here (Wess) 1:58
06. Basie Aint Here (Wess) [Aternate take] 3:19
07. Youre My Thrill (Gorney-Clare) 2:38
08. Frankosis (Johnson) 5:59
09. Pretty Eyes (Reddie-Lunceford-Welsh) 3:13
10. Wess Of The Moon (Johnson) 5:36
11. Ill Be Around (Wilder) 3:09
12. Dannys Delight (Wess) 3:17
13. Romance (Donaldson-Leslie) 3:17
14. All My Life (Mitchell-Stept) 3:21
15. Frankly The Blues (Wess) 2:49
16. Bitty Ditty (Jones) 4:53 (*)
17. Elusive (Jones) 5:14 (*)
All tracks originally issued on Commodore 20031 and 20032
FRANK WESS QUINTET
Tracks #1-4: Henry Coker, trombone; Frank Wess, tenor sax & flute; Jimmy Jones, piano; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Osie Johnson, drums. New York, May 8, 1954
Tracks #5-8: Same, but Benny Powell, trombone, replaces Coker.
FRANK WESS SEXTET
Tracks #9-11: Joe Wilder, trumpet; Henry Coker, trombone; Frank Wess, tenor sax & flute; Jimmy Jones, piano; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Osie Johnson, drums. New York, August 12, 1954
Tracks #12-15: Same, but Urbie Green, trombone, replaces Coker.
THAD JONES QUINTET
Tracks #16-17: Thad Jones, trumpet; Frank Wess, tenor sax; Hank Jones, piano; Charles Mingus, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums. New York, August 11, 1954
Original sessions produced by Leonard Feather and Danny Gabler
Reissue produced by Jordi Pujol
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