The two Franks were so integral a part of the great Count Basie band of the late 1950s and the '60s that it was difficult to think of them as functioning independently. Eventually, they did go their own ways and have prospered, Wess freelancing, Foster returning to the Basie band to take over its leadership. But it was probably inevitable that they get back together in a studio. In 1983, they did, to record this album bearing the title of one of their triumphs with Basie. The collection is a nice amalgam of standards, three originals by Wess and one by Foster and Neal Hefti's indelible title blues. Both Franks are heard on tenor saxophone, with Wess also on alto and Foster on soprano. The up-to-the-minute rhythm section is Kenny Barron at the piano, Rufus Reid on drums, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums.
with Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Marvin "Smitty" Smith