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Flutology: First Date

Jerry D'Souza By

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Veteran Frank Wess keeps the tenor saxophone aside and picks up his flutes to frontline this recording with Ali Ryerson and Holly Hofman. The three bring in a large measure of charm, the selections boasting both original material and covers, aided by a rhythm section that cleaves to their intent. And it is to their credit that they don’t let the music evaporate into nothingness.

The flute is an airy instrument and can sail over the depth and the tonality that gives a song muscle and tone. But Wess is a navigator of the highest order and he filters the mood most convincingly. This is more palpable on happy tunes like the high flying “Sumpn’ Went Wrong,” a Wess composition. It is bright and sparkling and soars free as the wind, just like “Flutopia,” with its happy permutation and the slightly shifting meter. Another adjunct comes on the sweetly flowing “Pretty Is." It is a lightly swinging tune on which Mike Wofford on piano and Peter Washington on bass, add distinctive solos and color to the palette.

Charlie Parker’s “Be Bop” is arranged well enough to bring in an emphatic mood. Wess rides a passionate crest of emotion as Ben Riley, whose drumming keeps the pulse revved up, and Washington lend a firm depth. However, Lee Morgan’s “Ceora” is shorn of bite and is less than appealing. Nevertheless, in the overall scheme, this is an entertaining album.

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Track Listing: Be Bop; Ceora; Sumpn

Personnel: Frank Wess

Title: First Date | Year Released: 2004


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