Kenny Wheeler

Lee Konitz & Kenny Wheeler Quartet - Olden Times: Live At Birdland Neuburg (1999/2016)

Lee Konitz & Kenny Wheeler Quartet - Olden Times: Live At Birdland Neuburg (1999/2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 78:12 min | 181 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Double Moon Records

Are certain recordings destined to have a special fate under a certain star? Whoever hears the reissue of "Live At Birdland Neuburg" today is inevitably faced with this question. In the case of the collaboration of Lee Konitz and Kenny Wheeler, it must have been a star that had never shown brightly, which never showered its charges in bright light for a second (which they would not have wanted anyway) and consequently withheld the magnificent achievement from the rest of the world that was performed on stage in the Hofapothekenkeller in the Bavarian Danube town of Neuburg in December 1999. The time seemed not yet ready for it.
Kenny Wheeler - Music For Large & Small Ensembles (1990) {2CD ECM 1415-16}

Kenny Wheeler - Music For Large & Small Ensembles (1990) {2CD ECM 1415-16}
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© 1990 ECM Records | ECM 1415-16
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Modern Post Bebop / Avant-Garde Jazz / Trumpet / Modern Big Band

This two-disc set is a dazzling look at Kenny Wheeler's work as a composer. His breadth is stunning, from moody Oliver Nelson and Gil Evans-like expansiveness to compactly propulsive post-bop excursions. The first disc is taken up entirely with the eight-part "Sweet Time Suite." Wheeler's scoring is bracing and emotive. Singer Norma Winstone is on hand for portions of it, offering a gloriously soaring counterpoint to the massed horn section. Wheeler's diverse background serves him well, as he's quite comfortable with both the traditional and the avant-garde (he worked in one of Anthony Braxton's important combos in the mid-'70s). For anyone unfamiliar with this stellar musician's work, this is is an excellent starting point, as is his first album as a leader, the remarkable GNU HIGH.

Kenny Wheeler - Dream Sequence (2003)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Oct. 6, 2016
Kenny Wheeler - Dream Sequence (2003)

Kenny Wheeler - Dream Sequence (2003)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 66:30 min | 152 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Psi

The latest edition to trumpeter/flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler's discography commences with variable pulses and emphatic horn charts on "Unti." But while this production launches with an up-tempo groove, the majority of this set simply corresponds to the wistful implications set forth by the album title.

Kenny Wheeler - All the More (1997)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at Oct. 4, 2016
Kenny Wheeler - All the More (1997)

Kenny Wheeler - All the More (1997)
Jazz | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 63 min | 145 MB
Label: Soul Note | Rel: 1997

Kenny Wheeler's gorgeous trumpet anchors these tracks, but also attracting attention here is the understated beauty and subtle adventurousness of John Taylor's piano. With that kind of combination in his playing, Taylor is a perfect match for Wheeler, who has straddled a few divides in his time. Much of this disc features the ethereal ECM-ish music Wheeler has made his trademark, but some of it harks back to Wheeler's earlier days as a pillar of the English "free music" scene along with John Stevens, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, and another refugee from the edge, bassist Dave Holland. On "All the More" Wheeler plays with fire and resorts here and there to some of the expanded techniques that those musicians were and are searching for. Here, of course, such effects are thoroughly integrated into the fabric of conventional jazz form, so that they do not jar but add an emotional fire to the musiTo hear Wheeler's immense sound in full glory, don't miss "Summer Night," where it is washed in the ebbs and flows of Joe LaBarbera's drums but still comes through sharply, clearly, beautifully.
Kenny Wheeler - Songs For Quintet (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Kenny Wheeler - Songs For Quintet (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 52:14 minutes | 1,03 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Kenny Wheeler (1930-2014) was an unassuming giant of modern jazz, a daring improviser, and a writer of many beautiful and slyly unorthodox tunes. His recorded legacy includes albums now regarded as contemporary jazz classics such as Gnu High, Deer Wan, and Music For Large And Small Ensembles. In December 2013 he recorded what was to be his last album. Songs for Quintet, an inspirational session featuring Wheeler compositions of recent vintage (plus a fresh approach to “Nonetheless”, first heard on Angel Song), was recorded in London’s Abbey Road Studio with four of Kenny’s favourite players. Stan Sulzmann, John Parricelli, Chris Laurence and Martin France work together marvellously as an interactive unit, solo persuasively, and provide support for the tender and lyrical flugelhorn of the bandleader. Songs for Quintet is issued on January 14, 2015, which would have been Kenny Wheeler’s 85th birthday.

Kenny Wheeler Big Band - The Long Waiting (2012)  

Posted by tiburon at April 1, 2013
Kenny Wheeler Big Band - The Long Waiting (2012)

Kenny Wheeler Big Band - The Long Waiting (2012)
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Genre: Jazz, Modern Big-Band, Post-Bop

Kenny Wheeler has long been a talented composer, improviser, and soloist, though he is still overlooked by some jazz fans because most of his work has been issued by European labels. Among the composers of his generation, Wheeler is one of the best, along with the late Bob Brookmeyer, in writing and scoring creative works for a large ensemble. For this session, Wheeler's charts are performed by a 17-piece big band – with the addition of Diana Torto's wordless vocals – conducted by Pete Churchill.

Kenny Wheeler - Gnu High (1976) {ECM 1069} [Repost]  

Posted by tiburon at June 14, 2012
Kenny Wheeler - Gnu High (1976) {ECM 1069} [Repost]

Kenny Wheeler - Gnu High (1976) {ECM 1069}
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Genre: Jazz

When Kenny Wheeler expatriated from his native Canada to England, it was not headline news. But upon the release of Gnu High, he became a contemporary jazz figure to be recognized, revered and admired. Playing the flugelhorn exclusively for this, his ECM label debut, Wheeler's mellifluous tones and wealth of ideas came to full fruition. Whether chosen in collaboration with label boss Manfred Eicher or by Wheeler alone, picking pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette was a stroke of genius. They support the elongated and extended notions of Wheeler's in many real and important ways.

Kenny Wheeler Big Band - The Long Waiting (2012)  

Posted by mark70 at Feb. 28, 2012
Kenny Wheeler Big Band - The Long Waiting (2012)

Kenny Wheeler Big Band - The Long Waiting (2012)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 68:27 min | 153 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Cam Jazz

Earlier in the year the Royal Academy announced a new Jazz Prize to be awarded to a music graduate demonstrating "excellence in both performance and composition." The name of the prize? It is named after someone befitting such a rare honour: The Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize. An elder statesman of UK jazz (following his move here from his native Canada in 1952), Wheeler s exemplary career continues apace.
Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell - Angel Song (1997) {ECM 1607}

Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell - Angel Song (1997) {ECM 1607}
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© 1997 ECM Records | ECM 1607
Jazz / Post Bop / Chamber Jazz / Trumpet

Kenny Wheeler is among the most lyrically commanding yet daring of modern trumpeters. There's a palpable ease of execution, and a poignant human quality, to his distinctive timbre, as on the title tune where his fluttering descents into the lower register, the cracked yet powerful vocal inflections, and the sudden emission of high harmonics suggest a whistling column of air slowly leaking from a balloon. And from the moody Spanish tinge of "Present Past" to the raga-ish Nordic gravity of "Unti," alto player Lee Konitz matches Wheeler's lyric ease with a singing sound and rhythmic buoyancy all his own.

Kenny Wheeler & John Taylor - On The Way To Two (2015)  Music

Posted by mark70 at April 27, 2016
Kenny Wheeler & John Taylor - On The Way To Two (2015)

Kenny Wheeler & John Taylor - On The Way To Two (2015)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 44:37 min | 109 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: CAM Jazz

When this album was mooted, following the death of Kenny Wheeler, it seemed impossible that by the time of its release both protagonists would be gone. And so, what was intended as a tribute to the great Canadian trumpet player, is instead a memorial to two musicians who, in their understated way, dominated jazz in the UK through the 70s and 80s, recording together in the band Azimuth and then on key labels ECM and Cam Jazz, creating a body of work that will stand witness to their greatness.