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Frank Wess
The Flute Mastery Of Frank Wess
Progressive  PCD-7057   Released: 10/15/2013

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I've always regarded Frank Wess as the master of flute, and it was certainly he, via Basie, who won universal acceptance of an instrument that was at first considered not suited to jazz.

This set was originally issued in Japan as Flute Juice, and then as Battle Royal. The expected virtuosos flute displays are here but, unlike a lot of exponents, there's no flash. Wess was a musician of good taste, whether he was playing tenor or flute.

The backing group is top class of course, and Chuck Wayne's fine solos are a good match for Frank's, with Flanagan's infallible accompaniment enhancing each performance.

The tracks are between five and seven minutes in length with the last 25 minutes being given over to four alternative takes, so that one's had enough by the time the hour mark is reached.

~ Steve Voce | Jazz Journal International

PERSONNEL:
  • Frank Wess (fl)
  • Tommy Flanagan (p)
  • Chuck Wayne (g)
  • George Mraz (b)
  • Ben Riley (d)
  • Recorded 1981
TRACKS:
  • Lover Come Back To Me
  • Spring Is Here
  • Riled Up
  • There Is No Greater Love
  • Nada Mas
  • Battle Royal
  • Lover Come Back To Me (alt Tk1)
  • Spring Is Here (alt Tk1)
  • There Is No Greater Love (alt Tk3)
  • Nada Mas (alt Tk 1)
 

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