Magic 201

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Frank Wess – tenor saxophone, flute Kenny Barron – piano Russell Malone – guitar Rufus Reid – bass Winard Harper – drums For those who are hung up on the notion that “they don’t make ‘em like they used to”, Frank Wess’ latest IPO Recordings CD, Magic 201 offers a loudly contradictory “Yes we do!” […]

Magic 101

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Frank Wess – tenor saxophone, flute Kenny Barron – piano Kenny Davis – bass Winard Harper – drums   By its very nature, great Jazz cannot be perfect. The essential components of improvisation, spontaneity, abandon, adventurousness, innovation and urgency produce a sense of excitement where you never know what might occur, and can provoke you […]

All About Jazz: Once Is Not Enough

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All About Jazz: Once Is Not Enough By Edward Bianco Frank Wess Nonet | Labeth Music (2009) Known affectionately as “Magic” to his professional colleagues, saxophonist/flautist Frank Wess is a living legend in the jazz world. His résumé includes stints with Billy Eckstine, the Clark Terry Big Band and a decade performing with the Count […]

Once Is Not Enough

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News: Frank just released his new CD “Once Is Not Enough!” “Once is not Enough”, Frank Wess’ newest release is capturing his optimism and romanticism very well. All the nonet pieces are full of light-hearted energy which reminds listener of Frank’s long career with the Basie Band. Another Basie alumni, Mr. Dennis Mackrel’s arrangements of […]