Wess Point - The Commodore Recordings
  • Henry Coker & Frank Wess
    Henry Coker & Frank Wess

Frank Wess

Wess Point - The Commodore Recordings

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Frank Wess (ts, fl), Joe Wilder, Thad Jones (tp), Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Urbie Green (tb), 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.

Album details

Originally issued as Commodore 20031 and 20032
Tracks #16 & 17 originally issued under Thad Jones' leadership

Personnel:

FRANK WESS QUINTET
Tracks #1-4: Henry Coker, trombone; Frank Wess, tenor sax & flute; Jimmy Jones, piano; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Osie Johnson, drums.
Recorded in 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 (out on #12-15), Urbie Green, trombone on #12-15; Frank Wess, tenor sax & flute; Jimmy Jones, piano; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Osie Johnson, drums.
Recorded in New York, August 12, 1954

THAD JONES QUINTET
Tracks #16-17: Thad Jones, trumpet; Frank Wess, tenor sax; Hank Jones, piano; Charles Mingus, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums.
Recorded in New York, August 11, 1954

Original sessions produced by Leonard Feather and Danny Gabler
CD reissue produced by Jordi Pujol
Price:

$12.10  (tax incl.)

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