Letter from Philippe Chagne

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As you perhaps know, I left for New York urgently a week ago to see Frank. His wife Sara let me know not to delay. Last Sunday I went to see Frank with a sense of dread. My dear Frank was but the shadow of himself, very weak and thin. He spoke little. I gave […]

JazzWax about the Commodore Sessions

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Frank Wess: Commodore Sessions by Marc Myers, JazzWax Virtually everything recorded by tenor saxophonist Frank Wess is worth hearing—and that’s saying something. Best known for his rock-solid playing along side Frank Foster in Count Basie’s band from 1953 to 1964, Wess’ solos always sound tough and tender, which is what makes them so compelling. Wess […]