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Pianist Hank Jones and Frank Wess (doubling on tenor and flute) first recorded together in the mid-'50s. A half-century later, they are both still in their musical prime. On this straight-ahead date, they are joined quite ably by the fine guitar soloist Ilya Lushtak, bassist John Webber, and veteran drummer Mickey Roker. The quintet performs three Wess originals, Jones' lowdown blues "A Hankerin'," and five jazz standards. Few surprises occur, but it does not matter because all of the musicians play at a high level and good vibes dominate during this timeless set.

Biography

Born: 04 January 1922 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the first major jazz flutists, Frank Wess was also a top Lester Young-influenced tenor man, an expert first altoist, and an occasional composer/arranger — certainly a valuable man to have around. Early on he toured with Blanche Calloway, served in the military, and had stints with the Billy Eckstine Orchestra (1946), Eddie Heywood, Lucky Millinder, and R&B star Bull Moose Jackson. That was all just a prelude to Wess' important period with Count Basie's big band, from 1953-1964. His...
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Hank and Frank, Frank Wess
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 01 January 2006

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