Mike Schwartz

Frank Wess RIP

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One of the Grand Masters leaves us.....RIP

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Edited by Mike Schwartz

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RIP Frank

perchance, yesterday I received the Basie live Roulette set - lots of listening & here's to you

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Another great is gone. RIP.

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Remarkable man & musician. True master of craft, art & life. Cats like Frank, whew, these men are heroes. Special condolences to board member Michael Weiss who worked with Frank a lot (and with whom I last saw Frank play a few years ago.)

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91 years old, great legacy, RIP.

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Sorry to hear this.

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Terrible news. A truly fine jazz musician. The IPO label just recently released a lovely quartet CD by Frank Wess with Kenny Barron on piano.

R.I.P

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Damn.

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The IPO recording 'Magic 101' was his latest release:

http://www.allegro-music.com/online_catalog.asp?sku_tag=IPO31023

And in the description it lists this disc as "the first in a series of three CDs" so I think there will be some new Frank Wess in the future.

Also, George H. Buck's Progressive Records just released a 1981 session of Frank exclusively playing flute a few days ago:

http://www.jazzology.com/item_detail.php?id=PCD-7057

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I was recently listening to After Hours, a late 50's jam technically led by Thad Jones. But Frank should be considered co-leader. He usually soloed on both flute and tenor. Good stuff!

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That IPO CD mentioned (twice) above is very nice.

R.I.P.

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RIP Frank. Thank you for all the music. He had a long productive life. I'm glad I got to see him live several times.

Frank and band from 2011.

Here's the band that night at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola. November 2, 2011 .

Frank Wess- ts,
Michael Weiss- p,
Greg Gisbert- tp,
Noriko Ueda- b,
Winard Harper- d.

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Edited by Hardbopjazz

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One way to think about the sweep of Frank Wess' life in music is to consider the big bands that he worked with: Billy Eckstine in the '40s, Count Basie in the '50s/60s; Jazz Composer's Orchesra in '68; Clark Terry in the '60s/70s, Jaco Pastrorius' Word of Mouth in the early '80s, Toshiko Akiyoshi in the mid '80s/early 90s.

Wow.

Edited by Mark Stryker

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i like how he also made a lot of records with people from pre-bop jazz, like those swingville releases, etc. he was the real deal. RIP

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Sad news to start the day with.

RIP Mr. Wess.

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what a blessing that Frank had such a long, active career. he will be missed.

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He led a full career...

always loved the moments when he stepped to the microphone for solos when he was with the Basie band!

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A Master musician - RIP. Glad that I got the chance to see/hear him once.

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