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.
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