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Six For Six

Kenny Wheeler Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cam Jazz
  • ASIN: B00D4D8ZJI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Seven Eight Nine (part 1)Bobby Wellins|Chris Laurence|John Taylor|Kenny Wheeler|Martin France|Stan Sulzmann 8:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Canter N. 6Bobby Wellins|Chris Laurence|John Taylor|Kenny Wheeler|Martin France|Stan Sulzmann 5:040.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Long WaitingBobby Wellins|Chris Laurence|John Taylor|Kenny Wheeler|Martin France|Stan Sulzmann 5:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Four Five SixBobby Wellins|Chris Laurence|John Taylor|Kenny Wheeler|Martin France|Stan Sulzmann 8:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ballad N. 130Bobby Wellins|Chris Laurence|John Taylor|Kenny Wheeler|Martin France|Stan Sulzmann 7:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Seven Eight Nine (part 2 )Bobby Wellins|Chris Laurence|John Taylor|Kenny Wheeler|Martin France|Stan Sulzmann 5:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Imminent ImmigrantBobby Wellins|Chris Laurence|John Taylor|Kenny Wheeler|Martin France|Stan Sulzmann 6:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. UpwardsBobby Wellins|Chris Laurence|John Taylor|Kenny Wheeler|Martin France|Stan Sulzmann10:380.69  Buy MP3 

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Kenny Wheeler convened an all-star British band for this new album, recorded back in April 2008 at Bauer Studios in Ludwigsburg, Germany. For the occasion, the Canadian-born, English by adoption, trumpet and flugelhorn player lined up Stan Sulzmann, on tenor and soprano sax, Bobby Wellins on tenor sax, John Taylor on piano, Chris Laurence on double bass and Martin France on drums. This is a Kenny Wheeler, who, at the time of the recording, was almost 80 years old and yet still brilliant and elegant. The album opens with a classic call and response , with wind and brass pursuing each other, calling to each other and interacting ( Seven, Eight, Nine - Part 1 is the title of the track, the first of eight, all penned by the leader). After this we hear clear reference to music by Miles or arrangements by Gil Evans, with a Wheeler who puts himself on a par with as his recording colleagues, choosing to not set himself up in a soloist role, but also not remain in the background, to let the others improvise on his themes. A new, precious stone in the monumental recordings of Wheeler, who has, by now, tackled all of the styles and phases of British and European jazz, always managing to optimise the talents of his travelling companions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and energising music 18 Oct 2013
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It's not very often that a CD begins with a full minute long drum solo - but this is the wonderful Martin France playing Kenny Wheeler and he means business. As do all six players in this superlative ensemble. You may have heard many of these Kenny tunes played before but I'm not sure that you will have heard them played as well as this by British jazz musicians at the top of their game [yes, KW is an honorary Brit]. I love this music - and so should you. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars six for six 7 Dec 2013
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What an outstanding album this is of Wheeler compositions played by a world class group of musicians. ( I had the pleasure of hearing the almost identical group at the Vortex in London ).

The compositions are beautiful and very characteristic of Kenny's writing. Many are included in the later Big Band album ' The Long Waiting '

Both albums are outstanding and superbly recorded. I would recommend both without hesitation. Thank you so much Kenny .

Derek Collins . Niagara On The Lake , Canada.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTER ARTIST WHO NEVER DISAPPOINTS 18 Feb 2014
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WHEELER, Kenny. Six for Six. CamJazz. 2008. KW, tpt, flglhorn; Stan Sulzmann, ten, sop sx; Bobby Wellins, ten sx; John Taylor, p; Chris Laurence, b; Martin France, dr.

HERSCH, Fred. Live at Jazz Standard. Sunny Side. 2009. FH, p; Ralph Alessi, tpt; Jo Lawry, voc; Richie Barslay, dr.

These two albums are proofs that good modern jazz is still being produced in the mainstream tradition. Neither album creates new territory but neither is either of them cookie cutter jazz. Rather, these two albums present superior, intelligent, lyrical modern jazz, drawing on the resources of a still vibrant tradition. Neither points to a new direction in jazz. Rather, they express eloquently the good that already exists in the music.

Wheeler is amazing. At the time he recorded this album, he was 78, the age I’ll be in two more months(!) and he was still turning out first class, probing music that ranged from free jazz to just plain lyrical jazz. Who, having heard it, can forget his album, Angel Song, recorded in 1996 with saxophonist Lee Konitz, guitarist Bill Frisell, and bassist Dave Holland? Six by Six is more overtly up tempo and bop than Angel Song but it has many of the same virtues: even up tempo, there is a lyrical quality to Wheeler’s trumpet and flugelhorn work and the compositions and arrangements, all by Wheeler, are imaginative vehicles for intelligent, exciting soloing by everyone involved. Lastly, Wheeler produces ensemble albums, not vehicles for himself with accompanying cast. Saxmen Sulzmann and Wellins, pianist John Taylor and drummer Franc are all first rate; better yet, they are treated as equal partners in this collaborative, joyous enterprise. I have always been impressed by Taylor’s piano work. Both of the sax players are good --Sulzmann stands out more maybe just because it’s easy to identify the sound of his soprano sax. The drummer is perfect for the group, charging and strong but able to switch gears and provide a more laid back beat when one is called for. Laurence’s bass doesn’t stand out but Wheeler hasn’t asked it to: the bassist does what is needed, and that’s enough. This is another fine album by a distinguished player, a triumph both for Wheeler as horn player and Wheeler as composer/arranger.

I have favorites among the several albums by Fred Hersch that I listen to: tops is his solo tribute to Monk, Thelonious (1997); but also there is the lovely Passion Flower (1996), tunes by Billy Strayhorn and his three record release, Songs Without Words (2002). Live at Jazz Standard, recorded in 2008, doesn’t match up to these three in my opinion but it’s another exemplary album by another artist who never lets us down. It’s also interesting because of the way Hersch has shaped his group. There’s no bass player –Hersch moves his own music along fine with just drum support; when called for, he lays down a bass line and provides almost-stride-like support for trumpeter Alessi and singer Lawry. The tunes and arrangements are by Hersch, who, like Wheeler, is an intelligent, lively, and often lyrical crafter of melodies and harmonies. Lowry, who hails from Australia, does words and vocalese equally well on this album. Her voice is not especially big or rich –my model singer would be more like Fontella Bass, Anita O’Day or Norma Winstone—but she has chops. The addition of her voice to this somewhat unorthodox ensemble (Hersch calls it his “pocket orchestra”) expands the range and expressiveness of the songs. Trumpeter Alessi is a gem, as always: a player with big ears, who listens to what his partners are playing alongside and around him and responds to it. That’s a decided plus here because the description I just made of Alessi describe Hersch too. Some of the best parts of this album come when Hersch leads and Alessi joins him, or plays around behind Lowry, just stirring the pot a little. It makes for fun music.

So, here are two very good albums that show that jazz is alive and well today, and still can bring a great deal of pleasure to our listening ears.
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