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Two At The Top

Frank Wess , Johnny Coles Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Uptown Jazz
  • ASIN: B0094GW6IA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Whistle Stop
2. Morning Star
3. Celia
4. Nica's Tempo
5. Minority
6. Ill Wind
7. Stablemates
8. An Oscar For Oscar
9. A Blue Time
10. An Oscar For Oscar (take 1)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. One For Amos (live)
2. If You Can't Call, Don't Come (live)
3. Morning Star (live)
4. Minority (live)
5. Blues For David (live)

Editorial Reviews

(2-CD set) Frank Wess describes the 1983 Uptown studio recording Two At The Top with Johnny Coles by saying, ''That's one of the best efforts I ever did.'' Wess and Coles first appeared together for Uptown on the Philly Joe Jones Dameronia album, To Tadd With Love. Their collaboration as sidemen with the drummer morphed into Two At The Top and they subsequently appeared live with the quintet at Sweet Basil in New York City as well as Yoshi's in Oakland, CA. Disc one presents the original Rudy Van Gelder recording with one new tune (Tadd Dameron's A Blue Time) and 5 unissued alternates. Disc two features a live set from their 1988 date at Yoshi's backed by an outstanding West Coast rhythm section - Two At The Top indeed!

Studio personnel are saxophonist Frank Wess, Trumpeter Johnny Coles, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Reggie Johnson and drummer Kenny Washington. The live disc features trumpeter Johnny Coles, saxophonist Frank Wess, pianist Smith Dobson, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Donald 'Duck' Bailey.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Jazz's most historical recordings! October 30, 2012
The quintet on this date sounds like a tribute to alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce's mid to late 1950's efforts with trumpeters Art Farmer and Donald Byrd. Evidently, Gigi Gryce had recently passed away at the time of these sessions. Both Frank Wess' and Johnnie Coles' playing is fluid, ingenious, and full of long, wonderful phrasing. An added bonus is Kenny Barron's inspired piano playing on the date, as well as Reggie Johnson on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.
Available on CD as of November 20, 2012, I own the vinyl and have awaited the CD re-release/reissue for years. This is one of those rare obscure ultra-classics recorded in the early 1980's. I am so glad that whatever problems there were in reissuing the "Uptown" record label's recordings have finally been resolved.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 great musicians and a good sound January 24, 2013
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Wess - one of the best improvisers of the Count Basie Orchestra and Coles who played whith great ennergy in Mingus Dynasty.I think it's enough.
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