Frank Wess

Frank Wellington Wess (January 4, 1922 – October 30, 2013) was an American jazz saxophonist and flutist. In addition to his extensive solo work, Wess is remembered for his time in Count Basie's band from the early 1950s into the 1960s. Critic Scott Yanow described him as one of the premier proteges of Lester Young, and a leading jazz flutist of his era—using the latter instrument to bring new colors to Basie's music.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 4, 1922 (Kansas City), Died October 30, 2013 (Manhattan)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1947 - 1960

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, flute, alto saxophone

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 74098 10/3/1947 Don't hesitate too long Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74099 10/3/1947 Tonight he sailed again Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 74100 10/3/1947 Bersark boogie (All the time Aff) Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 84899 7/23/1953 Blues in lament Benny (Bennie) Green instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 84900 7/23/1953 Blow your horn Benny (Bennie) Green instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 84901 7/23/1953 Expense account Benny (Bennie) Green instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 84902 7/23/1953 Takin' my time Benny (Bennie) Green instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101264 1/7/1957 Robbin's nest Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101265 1/7/1957 Cocktails for two Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101266 1/7/1957 I never knew Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101267 1/7/1957 Feather's nest Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101268 1/8/1957 They can't take that away from me Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101269 1/8/1957 Between the devil and the deep blue sea Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101270 1/8/1957 Mean to me Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101271 1/8/1957 The happy cats Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101272 1/8/1957 Later for the happenings Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101273 1/8/1957 Buttercup Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101274 1/8/1957 Joe's blues Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 101275 1/8/1957 Joe's tune Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 103252 1/8/1957 Joe's blues Joe Newman Sextet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, flute  
Decca 108523 1/4/1960 I gotta right to sing the blues Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 108524 1/4/1960 The lady is a tramp Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 108525 1/4/1960 I got a woman Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 108526 1/4/1960 Do nothin' till you hear from me Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 108527 1/6/1960 Till then Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wess, Frank," accessed February 23, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210889.

Wess, Frank. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 23, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210889.

"Wess, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 23 February 2024.

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