The plush tone of his tenor is delivered in a parlance that don't get around much anymore—meaning it's damn refreshing to hear this master fly through the kind of eloquent phrases that helped Basie figure out how E=MC2. Both sectioneer and soloist during his fruitful career, Wess is a now a dude whose grace is right up front. It helps make his music saucy and seductive. His nonet is populated by middle-aged adepts, and his revolving door of pianists (Miller, Rosnes, Charlap) includes a genius from his own generation, a Mr. Hank... More >>>