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Frank Wess passed away

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Saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess, a marvel of jazz longevity who famously played with Count Basie in the 1950s, died earlier today.
He was 91, and according to the Twitter account Wess died in the afternoon of kidney failure. A native of Kansas City, Oklahoma, Wess played in a wealth of situations from the bands of Basie and Elvin Jones to the Saturday Night Live band. He co-led a group called the Two Franks with fellow reedman Frank Foster. Of the discs by that group, I have very fond memories of the disc Frankly Speaking. which was released in 1984.

 

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