10 April 2009

FRANK WESS - SOUTHERN COMFORT



















Frank Wess for Prestige from 1962.
Al Aarons (tp) Frank Wess (ts, fl) George Barrow (bars) Tommy Flanagan (p) George Duvivier (b) Osie Johnson (d) Ray Barretto (cga) Oliver Nelson (arr)
This one's for Reza and all the Oliver Nelson fans out there.
Killer set with a nice latin twist from Frank Wess with arrangements by Oliver Nelson.
"Blues For Butterball" was the hip swinger back in the day and the rest of the album's a treat for the ears.
Here's a review from AMG:
Recorded in 1962, Southern Comfort finds Frank Wess leading an octet that is arranged by Oliver Nelson. Although Nelson was a pleasing saxophonist -- he plays tenor on this vinyl LP -- it was his talents as an arranger that brought him the most attention. And Nelson's attractive arrangements serve Wess quite well throughout this session, which employs Wess on tenor sax and flute, Nelson on tenor sax, George Barrow on baritone sax, Al Aarons on trumpet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, George Duvivier on bass, Osie Johnson on drums, and Ray Barretto on congas. To his credit, Nelson doesn't over-arrange. There is still plenty of room for blowing and improvising, and Wess sounds very uninhibited on everything from the funky, hard-swinging "Blues for Butterball" to lyrical, melodic offerings such as "Gin's Beguine" and "Summer Frost" (both of which are Wess originals). Equally memorable are the octet's interpretations of the standards "Blue Skies" and "Dancing in the Dark."

26 comments:

bacoso said...

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g.raf said...

very pleased to hear your computer troubles are over bacoso.
many thanks for this.

david said...

Thanks for this post! I'm looking forward to listening to the album.

the jazzman said...

Thank you. Missed this Wess.

Simon666 said...

Thanks bacoso, lovely stuff - really nice recording too hey ?

yewsta said...

Thank you.

Reza said...

for me , most kind sir
geuss I'd better bring something good back from holland ... ham met kaas ?

bacoso said...

nasi goreng for me bedankt

johnv said...

Having just moved to a new place, I can empathize with not having computer access for a bit. Glad that you are up and running.

katonah said...

luverly jubblies ...

Melanchthon said...

Thank You

pretoria said...

Thanx!

jazzmaniac said...

Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!

fritz the cat said...

just starting to listen. nice slice of straight ahead jazz so far. thanks.

codazzo said...

thanks bacoso!

dputydwg said...

thanks!

yy said...

Thanks bacoso!

senor pocopico said...

EXELLENT LP with a stellar group of cats-Tommy Flanagan, my soft spot. Check out his 'From Frank to Wess' LP! Thank you for your effort! Greetings from Athens Greece

JuniorBastard said...

This is incredible. I'm now a Frank Wess devotee.

rowgatien said...

Thank you!

frankovic said...

wess is always sweet.
thanks you!

Jontowel said...

thx for sharing another great flute album.

Baron said...

Thanks for the Wess ... can't wait to hear Butterball ... Baron

Baron said...

Thanks for the Wess SComfort ... Baron

The Jazz Messenger said...

Excellent album, thank you

apf said...

Thank you!