Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 12:35 pm
Frank Wess' new album, Magic 201, is a sequel to last year's similar helping of ballads and midtempo strollers, Magic 101. The new album is very nearly every bit as good, and made a little more poignant by Wess' death just before Halloween. On his last session as a leader in 2011, he was still sounding strong at 89.
The Basie Band produced a number of sidemen and arrangers who later went on to lead their own big bands. This week you'll hear some of these well-known musicians; first with Basie and then on their own. Featured artists include Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Quincy Jones, Ernie Wilkins and others. Sunday, December 2nd, 7 to 8 pm.