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.
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