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Frank Wess: Magic 201

Read "Magic 201" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Maestro riconosciuto dell'arrangiamento per big band jazz, Frank Wess si distingueva altresì per le linee morbide e sinuose del suo sax tenore. In questa veste lo ritroviamo protagonista di questo CD, registrato due anni prima della sua scomparsa. Lo affianca un notevole quintetto che con classe e discrezione ripercorre un ammaliante filo della memoria, intriso di ...

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Frank Wess: Magic 201

Read "Magic 201" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The cover of the late Frank Wess' final album, Magic 201, closely resembles that of its predecessor, Magic 101--so much so that a reviewer who didn't look closely enough might assume he'd been sent a second copy of the earlier album by mistake. (Oops!) Wess recorded Magic 201 in September 2011, two months after Magic 101 ...

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Jeremy Steig: Flute Fever

Read "Flute Fever" reviewed by Carlo Wolff

Jeremy Steig's astonishing, trailblazing debut finally gets its compact disk due, 50 years after Columbia released it on vinyl. It was also the debut of Denny Zeitlin, a Bay Area psychiatrist whose singularly imaginative jazz moonlighting has resulted in numerous fearless disks over the past five decades. Backed by veterans Ben Riley on drums and Ben ...

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Frank Wess: Magic 201

Read "Magic 201" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

IPO Records has become the jazz destination for seasoned jazz veterans. Saxophonist James Moody (1925--2010) recorded his last two releases for the label: Moody 4A (2009) and Moody 4B (2010). Hard on Moody's heels is saxophonist Frank Wess (1922- -2013) who followed his Magic 101 (2013) with the predictable titled Magic 201. Pianist Kenny Barron and ...

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Frank Wess: Magic 201

Read "Magic 201" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Despite a career that spanned more than half of a century, Frank Wess was not a household name. The flautist/saxophonist spent the 1950s and 60s playing with some of the best known big bands in the U.S. including those of Billy Eckstine, Count Basie and Clark Terry. During that period he was primarily recognized as a ...

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Frank Wess: Magic 201

Read "Magic 201" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What a wonderful coda on an incredible life and career. Saxophonist/Flautist Frank Wess' final recordings--the critically acclaimed Magic 101 (IPO, 2013) and this follow-up, recorded two months after that album--speak to his brilliance and clarity as a melody maker and improviser. His wisdom and elegance come through in every note on both recordings.

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Frank Wess: Magic 201

Read "Magic 201" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Frank Wess was born in 1922. He played in Billy Ecstine's orchestra, after World War II interrupted his burgeoning career, and he played in Count Basie's band from 1953 to 1964. With those early experiences on his resume, the fact that he was a traditionalist in the mode of saxophonists Ben Webster, of Duke Ellington ...

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Jeremy Steig: Flute Fever

Read "Flute Fever" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Flute Fever, the 1963 Columbia Records debut by flutist Jeremy Steig, has somehow, until now, avoided release on CD. Thanks to reissue producer Jonathan Horwich, Steig's beautifully remastered and packaged freshman recording is now available. And it's not only Steig's premier as a recording artist, it's also a recording first for pianist Denny Zeitlin, on a ...

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Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway: Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe

Read "Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

For their third collaboration on IPO records, veteran musicians pianist Roger Kellaway and multireed player Eddie Daniels recorded a benefit concert for “Santa Fe Center for Therapeutic Riding." The resulting Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe is a tribute to pianist and composer Duke Ellington comprising eight of his standards and an original a ...

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Frank Wess: Magic 101

Read "Magic 101" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

In 2007, saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess was named NEA Jazz Master, and Magic 101 amply demonstrates why. This mellow session covers six standards and a Wess original, with a candid and unadorned style that is nevertheless powerful in its apparent simplicity.

Like a wise raconteur, the 89 year-old (at the time of the recording) ...