Sunday, October 15, 2017

Frank Wess - Seven Classic Albums - III

After Hours:
A leaderless sextet jams on four of pianist Mal Waldron's originals. The performances range from eight to 12 minutes apiece. The all-star lineup -- trumpeter Thad Jones, Frank Wess on tenor and flute, guitarist Kenny Burrell, Waldron, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Art Taylor -- is in fine form on the straight-ahead material. Bop fans will want to pick this up. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Wheelin' and Dealin':
This two-fer from the excellent Prestige series of two-LP sets features Coltrane at a pair of jam-session-type settings in 1957. He is heard along with fellow tenor Paul Quinichette and Frank Wess on flute and tenor on two long versions apiece of "Wheelin'" and "Dealin" in addition to a fine rendition of "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and a 15-minute version of "Robbins' Nest." In addition, there are two numbers from a sextet session with trumpeter Bill Hardman and altoist Jackie McLean. Overall the music is not all that essential (since there are so many other Coltrane recordings available) but is quite enjoyable on its own terms and worth picking up. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Recorded days after the wonderful Blue Train album, this session brought together an unusual cast of players. John Coltrane, Paul Quinichette and Frank Wess on tenor saxophone (with Wess doubling on flute), Mal Waldron running the show on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Art Taylor on drums. Probably the most interesting material on this album is the take of Waldron's "Wheelin'", a fast romp which provides a battleground for a three-way tenor tussle. Waldron takes an extended solo in his Monk-like awkward but bluesy style, which either does it for you or doesn't. It's a shame this was released under Coltrane's/Wess' name since it's really Mal Waldron's set and material and probably not in the taste of most Trane lovers, but still worth checking out. - Amazon.com

Artist: Frank Wess
Album: Seven Classic Albums (Disc 3)
Year: 1957-58 (Prestige Records)
Label: Real Gone Jazz (Digitally Remastered, 2013)
Runtime: 65:13

Tracks:
After Hours:
Count One (Mal Waldron) 7:53
Empty Street (Mal Waldron) 12:38
Wheelin and Dealin':
3.  Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Mercer Ellington / Ted Persons) 8:25
4.  Wheelin' (Mal Waldron) 11:22
5.  Robbin's Nest (Illinois Jacquet / Bob Russell / Sir Charles Thompson) 15:30
6.  Dealin' (Mal Waldron) 10:13

Personnel:
Frank Wess (Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Alto Saxophone)
Mal Waldron (Piano)
Art Taylor (Drums)
John Coltrane (Tenor Saxophone) 3-6
Paul Quinichette (Tenor Saxophone) 3-6
Doug Watkins (Double Bass) 3-6
Kenny Burrell (Guitar) 1-2
Thad Jones (Trumpet) - 1-2
Paul Chambers (Double Bass) 1-2

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