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“If You Can’t Call, Don’t Come” (Live) · Frank Wess · Johnny Coles

Frank Wellington Wess (January 4, 1922 – October 30, 2013) was an American jazz saxophonist and flautist. 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 Yannow described him as one of the premier proteges of Lester Young, and a leading jazz flautist of his era — using the later instrument to bring new colors to Basie’s music. – via

Johnny Coles (July 3, 1926 in TrentonNew Jersey – December 21, 1997 in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Coles spent his early career playing with R&B groups, including those of Eddie Vinson (1948–1951), Bull Moose Jackson (1952), and Earl Bostic (1955–1956). He was with James Moody from 1956 to 1958, and played with Gil Evans‘s orchestra between 1958 and 1964, including on the Miles Davis album Sketches of Spain. After this he spent time with Charles Mingus in his sextet which also included Eric DolphyClifford JordanJaki Byard, and Dannie Richmond. Following this he played with Herbie Hancock (1968–1969), Ray Charles (1969–1971), Duke Ellington (1971–1974), Art Blakey (1976), DameroniaMingus Dynasty, and the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones (1985–1986). – via


“If You Can’t Call, Don’t Come” (Live) · Frank Wess · Johnny Coles

Photo credit: By Jimmy Baikovicius from Montevideo, Uruguay [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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