Frank Wess


The Long Road

  • Release Date: 10 Oct 2000
  • PRCD-24247-2

The championship New York Yankees teams of the late 1930s included a right-fielder named Tommy Henrich, whose nickname was “Old Reliable.” Similarly, multi-reedman Frank Wess was from 1953 to 1964 the “Old Reliable” for one of great dynasties of another kind of swinging, the Count Basie orchestra. Concurrent with much of his time with Basie, Wess (b. 1922) was kept busy as both leader and sideman by Prestige Records. The two dates joined here, an Oliver NelsonÐarra… MORE