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Frank Wellington Wess was born on January, 4th 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri.
At the age of 10 he started to learn the alto saxophone. After moving to Washington DC he started playing in local bands, first on alto and later on tenor saxophone as well. He worked briefly in a band led by Blanche Calloway.

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ipo
  • ASIN: B00HMQBFGS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess, the last
of the giants of classic saxophone,
presents the sequel to the critically
acclaimed Magic 101 album!

Sequel to Magic 101, which got great reviews and was chosen by the 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll as one of the Best Jazz Recordings of 2013.

Magic 201 is Wess final studio recording. Mr. Wess passed away on October 30, 2013 at the age of 91.

An all-star quintet, with brilliant piano work by fellow NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron.

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Who knew there would ever be an album that could stand in for Ben Webster s Soulville? But here it is: svelte, warm, spirited, witty, passionate, swinging,
easygoing, tender, elegant the epitome of the tenor saxophone as the spirit of romance. --Downbeat - 5 Stars

Wess has refined his artistry to the point that no note is superficial, every inflection has meaning, and every
improvisation is lucid and fresh sounding ... Every note has its proper place, purpose, and effect, right down to the last cavernous few that conclude both
the track and this priceless recording. --Jazztimes

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Frank Wellington Wess was born on January 4th 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri. 
 At the age of 10 he started to learn the alto saxophone. The great saxophonist and flute player, a pioneer of that instrument in jazz, died on October 30 at age 91. Wess spent over a decade with Count Basie beginning in 1953; Dan Morgenstern called him the band's "spark plug." He was active until the last weeks of his long life. After moving to Washington DC he started playing in local bands, first on alto and later on tenor saxophone as well. During World War II Frank played tenor saxophone and solo clarinet in the army band and later led a band accompanying Josephine Baker. 
Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan has said, `His playing was always heartfelt and soulful, and his way with ballads could make you cry and shake your head in disbelief wondering how a person could cajole that much spirit from a saxophone.'

And so this new recording serves as a mighty epitaph for the genius Frank Wess that is no longer with us. The ensemble gather for this recording is as follows: Frank Wess, tenor and flute, Kenny Barron, Piano, Rufus Reid, bass, Russell Malone, Guitar, Winard Harper, drums.

The tracks on this recording are listed below:

It Could Happen to You
A Cottage for Sale
After Paris
The Summer Knows
Embraceable You
Blues for Ruby
If You Can't Call, Don't Come
If It's the Last Thing I Do

Music like this, released at this time, will most assuredly make this recording a Collector's Item. Frank Wess, Ave Atque Vale - you will be missed. Grady Harp, February 14
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Rickard on February 17, 2014
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My father taught me to appreciate the Count Basie band. In listening to many many recordings, the highlights for me were the Count's spare, funky piano; Freddie Green's heartbeat rhythm guitar, and Frank Wess's flute. That flute didn't appear all that often and rarer still were the occasions when he did a flute duet with Frank Foster. With Mr. Foster, Mr. Green, and Mr. Basie long gone, Frank Wess carried on the tradition, becoming more and more lyrical and breathy on tenor, his primary voice. On this, his final recording, in the company of the great Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid on bass, Winard Harper on drums, and an appearance by Russell Malone on guitar, Mr. Wess is transcendent. On seven of the eight tracks, he sticks with his tenor, sounding all his own but bringing up thoughts of Ben Webster and Gerry Mulligan in his romanticism without ever getting too sweet or saccharin. takes on "The Summer Knows," the ballad by Bergman and Legrand, on flute. Everyone else sits out and Wess stretches out, stating the melody straight and then playing with the changes, his instrument as delicious as ever, at times having a lovely hollow tone. This alone, is worth the price of this collection—whichever format you choose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Chapin on February 17, 2014
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Frank Wess, on his "Magic 201" album, records a 5 minute solo rendition of "The Summer Knows" on the flute.
I must start by remarking on his tone; his flute sound has always been warm, but he really out does himself here with tons of bottom in the sound.
Next, the way he plays the melody is expressive: wistful and moody, clearly thinking about something in the past which touched him deeply.
Ok -- we're now up to bar 33, and if I were a writer, we'd be at chapter 3, somewhere around 3,000 words. (Consider yourself lucky that I don't entertain such notions!)
Wess improvises a few choruses -- unaccompanied -- of the most perfect improvisation you can imagine. Hearing his phrasing and ideas, even unaccompanied, never sounds lacking -- I imagine a whole big band AND strings within this singular sound of Frank Wess' flute.
With a feeling of release and having unburdened himself of that wistful past, he restates the last half of the melody, with more liberties taken and up an octave.
I miss you, Frank Wess, but thanks for this. I cherish this recording.
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Frank Wess' flute only appears on this one track; all the other tracks of both Magic 101 & 201 are handled on tenor.
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