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Music For Large And Small Ensembles [Original recording reissued]

Kenny Wheeler Audio CD
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Ken or Kenny (Kenneth Vincent John) Wheeler. Trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, arranger, born in Toronto on 14 Jan 1930. Raised in St Catharines, Ont, where his father, Wilf, played trombone in local bands, Wheeler worked in dance orchestras and later studied trumpet with Ross MacClanathan and harmony with John Weinzweig at the RCMT. In 1952 he moved first to Montreal and then to ... Read more in Amazon's Kenny Wheeler Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000025Z0G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Part I - Opening
2. Part II - For H./Part III - For Jan
3. Part IV - For P.A.
4. Part V - Know Where You Are
5. Part VI - Consolation
6. Part VII - Freddy C, Part VIII - Closing
Disc: 2
1. Sophie
2. Sea Lady
3. Gentle Piece
4. Trio
5. Duet I
6. Duet II
7. Duet III
8. Trio
9. By Myself

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ECM 1415/16, 2-LP Gatefold Recorded 1990 Personnel: Kenny Wheeler - (fluegelhorn, trumpet), John Abercrombie - (guitar), John Taylor - (piano), Dave Holland - (bass), Peter Erskine - (drums), Norma Winstone - (vocal), Derek Watkins - (trumpet), Henry Lowther - (trumpet), Alan Downey - (trumpet), Ian Hamer - (trumpet), Dave Horler - (trombone), Chris Pyne - (trombone), Paul Rutherford - (trombone), Hugh Fraser - (trombone), Ray Warleigh - (saxophones), Duncan Lamont - (saxophones), Evan Parker - (saxophones), Julian Argüelles - (saxophones), Stan Sulzmann - (tenor saxophone, flute)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 5 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
I really only know the first part of this suite, the big band stuff.....but.
This music has been with me for a long time now and whenever I need some inspiration I listen to this. Of course it's Jazz in origin and not everyones 'cup of tea' by default but to me this is pure music and pure sound and one of the most controlled and devicive uses of instrumental writing I have heard, although similar to the Vienna Art Orchestra in that respect. So what do I mean by that? Well from the outset the instruments are used to perfection and draw on pure texture rather than using them to novel effect, so we don't get the normal honking baritones that you often hear in big band music, no stabbing or muted trumpets, no breathy sax or swing guitar. Each voice is tuned to perfection to create delicate speaking voices that sound so simple yet are infact very comlex in construction.
Amazing chordal voicing throughout, powerful use of dynamics and thoughful structure. We really have a suite of pieces here.
Okay, I really still haven't managed to express how this music makes me feel but that isn't easy. Uplifting and spiritual, I know sounds pretentious but when i listen to this music I really wouldn't rather be anywhere else.
I have two final comments. Wheeler makes excellent use of two of my favourite and misundertood instruments in jazz; the guitar and the voice. Most jazz musicians are rather disdainful of this pair, they are not often considered to be true 'jazz' instruments, well who cares. I get sick of hearing tenor sax quartets trying to sound like coltrane all the time anyway, but back to the music. Wheeler uses these two textures in the front line weaving and outlining chord voicings in such an intuitive and intelligent fashion you'll wonder why no one else uses them so effectively.
And my last point would be, why has no one else written a review of this music yet?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music 6 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
A tale of two halves: big band suite on the first CD and a range of smaller ensembles on the second. The music differs between the two CDs: marvellously well constructed big band scores giving way to the creation of different feels (compare the effects of the Taylor/Erskine duets with the re-interpretation of a standard in the last track). The playing is exemplary throughout (special praise for the solos of Evan Parker and Kenny Wheeler). If anyone ever thought that the big band died with Ellington and Basie then listen to this for a musical education and a treat for the ears and feet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Modern Jazz 15 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've had the good fortune to be around when Kenny Wheeler is playing a couple of times- at his local in East London and for the Contemporary Music Network tour this band did in ,what, 1990. He's now allegedly over 75 so let's hope a large Ensemble can be assembled again, as it was last year, darn, I was working that night.All the usual suspects are here with the exception of the great Malcolm Griffiths who contributed corruscating solos in earler KW big bands.
As the previous reviewer says, its the subtle shadings and interweaves in these charts that stay with you as much as the full-on stuff, which is rendered all the more driving and purposeful. I think this music humanely describes London life uniquely. You'll recognise the scenes immediately if you know the terroir.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The genius of Kenny Wheeler 15 Sep 2000
By Erik Werkman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded at the same time as the quintet masterpiece "The Widow In The Window" and it shows off Kenny Wheeler's talent to the full: especially with a large band at hand his definately original concept of tonality becomes completely clear. What impresses so much about his music is its inherent emotional quality. Accompanied by mostly English reeds and brass and the flowing bass of Dave Holland, the tasteful guitar of John Abercrombie, the perfect piano playing of John Taylor and not to forget the INCREDIBLE drumming of Peter Erskine, the music comes out in all its beauty. My favorite amongst all this beauty is "Sophie": a beautiful intro with just horns is followed after two minutes by just piano to set the motive of the song, after which the whole band joins in, with Peter Erskine moving the music forward in an unbelievable way (his cymbal work and setting of accents is just flawless and so supportive of the music!) and of course Kenny Wheeler's immediately recognizable sound in the solo part. Please make sure that you buy "The Widow In The Window" as well, as it will enrich your life. And while you are at it, check out "Deer Wan", "Gnu High", "All The More" and "Angel Song", too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The genius of Kenny Wheeler 15 Sep 2000
By Erik Werkman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded at the same time as the quintet masterpiece "The Widow In The Window" and it shows off Kenny Wheeler's talent to the full: especially with a large band at hand his definately original concept of tonality becomes completely clear. What impresses so much about his music is its inherent emotional quality. Accompanied by mostly English reeds and brass and the flowing bass of Dave Holland, the tasteful guitar of John Abercrombie, the perfect piano playing of John Taylor and not to forget the INCREDIBLE drumming of Peter Erskine, the music comes out in all its beauty. My favorite amongst all this beauty is "Sophie": a beautiful intro with just horns is followed after two minutes by just piano to set the motive of the song, after which the whole band joins in, with Peter Erskine moving the music forward in an unbelievable way (his cymbal work and setting of accents is just flawless and so supportive of the music!) and of course Kenny Wheeler's immediately recognizable sound in the solo part. Please make sure that you buy "The Widow In The Window" as well, as it will enrich your life. And while you are at it, check out "Deer Wan", "Gnu High", "All The More" and "Angel Song", too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark recording in the modern big band style 29 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Kenny Wheeler's approach to the big band is everything you would hope: powerful, introspective, and innovative. His use of female vocals alongside the brass is incredibly unique. His orchestration is beautiful, and the compositions are fantastic. A must for anyone interested in modern jazz, and certainly modern big band.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STELLAR MUSIC WITH SUPERB FLUENCY 29 April 2008
By blueish - Published on Amazon.com
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I think that this recording represents musical simplicity and harmony at its best .The compositions are definetely very intellligent ,but at the same time they are expressed very freely ,without losing their authority ,integrity and their strenth in tempo from start to finish .KENNY WHEELER excells along with his top class co-musicians in giving you throughout the whole album the impression , that musical simplicity have as a result a superabundance of a very rich cohesive and fertile sonic texture flowing unforced with harmony detail,grace ,and vitality.YES IT IS A MODERN JAZZ MASTERPIECE AND IMHO WHEELERs BEST ALBUM .
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STELLAR MUSIC WITH SUPERB FLUENCY 29 April 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I think that this recording represents musical simplicity and harmony at its best .The compositions are definetely very intellligent ,but at the same time they are expressed very freely ,without losing their authority ,integrity and their strenth in tempo from start to finish .KENNY WHEELER excells along with his top class co-musicians in giving you throughout the whole album the impression , that musical simplicity have as a result a superabundance of a very rich cohesive and fertile sonic texture flowing unforced with harmony detail,grace ,and vitality.YES IT IS A MODERN JAZZ MASTERPIECE AND IMHO WHEELERs BEST ALBUM .
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