Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise! Surprise!

by Frank Wess

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Overview

Surprise! Surprise!

This double CD comprises organized tunes from Wess with his quartet as well as some loose jam sessions withguest soloists over a span of four days aboard the S/S Norway for the Floating Jazz Festival. Wess himself has never sounded better, on tenor sax and especially on flute. Master piano accompanist Richard Wyands lifts the music to a higher level, Lynn Seaton is rock-solid rhythmically and unique amongst melodically oriented bassists, and drummer Winard Harper gives it his all throughout, yielding world-class, swinging results. Beginning with a pair of of good swingers to warm up, "All or Nothing at All" and "A Beautiful Friendship" establish the leader in firm control. Fellow tenor saxophonist Frank Foster then steps up for the tour de force ballad "My Funny Valentine," running over 18 minutes. Then Wess and the trio take over for the remainder of the side: a Sam Jones-written quick bopper on flute, "One for Amos," with Seaton's grinding vocals á la Slam Stewart on Howlin' Wolf vitamins; the classic Cedar Walton piece "Firm Roots" and Wess' composition "Nada Mas," on which flute dances to a bossa beat. On the second disc it's time to stretch out and improvise at length. Wess and Foster work out on tenors for the romping, stomping "It Could Happen to You." Flip Phillips joins Wess on tenors for the flailing, hard-swinging "Cottontail," Phillips' tart-sweet sound contrasting the more ribald feeling of the leader. Then, with Wess on tenor for the title track finale - another original by Wess -- the quartet dishes out an easy swinger signifying the end of a show. His light blue tenor is chirping brightly, indicating he has plenty left for some other time.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/1998
Label: Chiaroscuro Records
UPC: 0091454035021
catalogNumber: 350
Rank: 279369

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Wess   Primary Artist,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Heath   Tenor Saxophone
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Wyands   Piano
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Winard Harper   Drums
Lynn Seaton   Bass

Technical Credits

Sam Jones   Composer
Cedar Walton   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jon Bates   Engineer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Frank Foster   Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Rollo Phlecks   Booklet Design
Arthur Altman   Composer
Cedar Anthony Walton   Composer
SOS Productions   Producer

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