Saturday, September 17, 2016

Frank Wess - North, East, South...

This easygoing swing date is essentially a small group drawn from the Count Basie band of the day. The two tenors, Wess and Frank Foster, and two trombones, Bennie Powell and Henry Coker, all from the Count's band, keep the sound comfortably cruising near the middle register. Kenny Burrell is on the date as the only chordal instrument, contributing flowing chord selections when comping and clean, tasty choruses for his solos. Savoy house drummer Kenny Clarke and Basie bassist Eddie Jones complete rhythm section. On tenor, Wess and Foster are eminently capable, but, on these performances, there isn't a lot to differentiate one from the other. The same can be said for the trombonists. The best moments come when Wess switches to flute, the instrument on which he does have a distinctive and appealing musical personality. The other high points are Burrell's, both as accompanist and in his brief solo spots. Both he and the leader, however, can be heard together to better effect on other Savoy dates, notably Wess' bright and airy chamber jazz date Opus in Swing, and the Frank Foster-led No Count, which features the same group as on North, South, East...Wess.
Jim Todd

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:acfrxqqgld0e

Frank Wess
North, South, East...Wess

Tracks

1 What'd Ya Say (Cadena)  9:41
2 Dill Pickles (Foster)  6:08
3 Dancing on the Ceiling (Hart, Rodgers)  3:45
4 Hard Sock Dance (Wess)  7:42
5 Salvation (Wess)  3:51
6 Lazy Sal (Coker)  6:10

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Personnel
Frank Wess - ts & fl
Frank Foster - ts
Bennie Powell - tb
Henry Coker - tb
Kenny Burrell - g
Eddie Jones - b
Kenny Clarke - dr

Recorded on March 7, 1956 [# 1, 5 & 6] & March 5, 1956 [# 2-4]

22 comments:

Paco Carpena said...

Enorme este blog! Muchisimas gracias!

Orbyt said...

Thank you Mel!

Anonymous said...

Thank You Melanchthon! Love these great classic out-of-print Denon cd issues of the Savoy Masters!!

Good sounding mono cds from the early 90s like these are treasures--since so many jazz cd reissues from this time frame sound lousy!

!!

blbs said...

Que decir!?? Sic Vos es la definición de Balliet, sin dudas: el sonido de la sorpresa siempre.
GRACIAS mEL!

grumpy said...

Thanks again for lossless post.

Blue Eyes said...

Great album ! Thanks a lot Melanchthon !

jazzlover said...

Many thanks Melanchthon for this excellent post !

jpo said...

nice!

BlueNote97 said...

¡Hola!

¡¡The TWO FRANKS!! Count Basie liked the sound of both tenorist together, Wess sounding à la Hawkins,open and round; Foster more linear and modern, à la Young.
Melanchthon, muchísimas gracias.

rubberduck said...

Many Thanks, Mel

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you!

rm said...

merci beaucoup

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

chuchuni said...

Merci mel :)

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Tom+Jerry said...

nice one - thanks a million

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

EXCELENT! THANX

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musician3 said...

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