Frank Wess' 88th Birthday Celebration

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 Jones.
Jan. 19-24, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2010

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