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Here’s a very entertaining 1956 Hard Bop album named “After Hours.” It perfectly achieves the purpose of placing the listener in that familiar laid back, wee hours scenario, that only a Jazz club can offer. Listening and absorbing the special sounds from these very talented musicians. Four songs in total, two upbeat but sensually soft tunes with strong emphasis on the bass and drums. The other two songs, stylishly classy and with that certain relaxing swerving feeling of confidence behind them. You’re there, you can feel it, the mood is so ever present! That’s the beauty of Jazz, my fellow Jazz con Class listeners. Check the always reliable schedule link for play times, enjoy!

About the album:

After Hours album by Kenny Burrell / Thad Jones /Wess / Frank Wess was released Dec 05, 1991 on the Original Jazz Classics label. All tracks have been digitally remastered from original analog master tapes. After Hours songs Although Thad Jones’ name appears first on this CD reissue, pianist Mal Waldron is actually the session’s main force. After Hours album Waldron contributed all four selections (all of which are worthwhile, even if none caught on) and is a key soloist with the sextet, which also includes trumpeter Jones, Frank Wess on tenor and flute, guitarist Kenny Burrell, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor. After Hours CD music Fine straight-ahead music…..Read More

Photograph: Copyright of Terry Cryer

Photograph: Copyright of Terry Cryer

More on Frank Wess (Biography):

One of the first major jazz flutists, Frank Wess has also been a top Lester Young-influenced tenorman, an expert first altoist, and an occasional composer/arranger — certainly a valuable man to have around. Early on he toured with Blanche Calloway, served in the military, and had stints with Billy Eckstine Orchestra (1946), Eddie Heywood, Lucky Millinder, and R&B star Bull Moose Jackson. That was all just a prelude to Wess’ important period with Count Basie’s big band, from 1953-1964. His flute playing, so expertly utilized in Neal Hefti’s arrangements, gave the Basie Orchestra a fresh new sound, and his cool-toned tenor contrasted well with the more passionate sound of fellow tenor Frank Foster; Wess also had opportunities to play alto with the classic big band…….Learn More

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