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Wess, Frank / Magic 201
Album:Magic 201 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Wess, Frank Added:02/2014
Label:Ipo Recordings 

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Add Date:2014-02-21 Pull Date:2014-04-25 Charts:Jazz
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1.Sep 15, 2015:9-15-2015
The Summer Knows, After Paris
4.Apr 17, 2014:Rebop
Embraceable You
2.Jul 01, 2015:7-1-2015
After Paris
5.Apr 10, 2014:Rebop
Blues For Ruby
3.Apr 24, 2014:Eclectic Erudition
A Cottage For Sale
6.Apr 05, 2014:Music Casserole
The Summer Knows

Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2014-03-06 
FRANK WESS: Magic 201
IPO, 2014

CLASSIC JAZZ – One of the final recordings (from 2011) of sax/flute master Wess, a veteran of the Count Basie band who passed away last October. As on “Magic 101,” released last year, this set is heavy on ballads and easy-swinging blues, and focuses almost entirely on tenor sax (only #4 features flute). It’s all lovely stuff, and a fitting send-off.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7

1. 5:10 – midtempo swinging stroll; sax has a happy lilt, everyone gets a taste
2. 6:29 – sweet guitar sets up a moaning ballad, sax is nicely bluesy
3. 3:56 – solo sax into aching ballad… sophisticated and just beautiful
4. 4:57 – solo flute ballad: haunting intro, becomes lighter, optimistic
5. 7:02 – after-hours saloon ballad, just sax & piano… pour me another, Sam.
6. 8:43 – straight-up, laid-back blues: sax pours it out, guitar/piano mop it up
7. 9:24 – another gorgeous late-nite ballad, love the classic sax sound here
8. 5:41 – walking bass sets up an easy stroll, nothin’ fancy, just nice & steady

[ Fo ] – 28 February 2014

Track Listing
1.It Could Happen To You 5.Embraceable You
2.A Cottage For Sale 6.Blues For Ruby
3.After Paris 7.If You Can't Call, Don't Come
4.The Summer Knows 8.If It's The Last Thing I Do