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Wheeler, Kenny: Dream Sequence (psi)

The flugelhornist in 1995-2003 recordings from solo to sextet distilled from an epic series of visits to Gateway Studio over a period of seven years.

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product information:

UPC: 5030243030422

Label: psi
Catalog ID: 03.04
Squidco Product Code: 2475

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Gateway Studios, in London, England, 1995 to 2003, by Steve Lowe.


Kenny Wheeler-flugelhorn

Ray Warleigh-alto saxophone, flute

Stan Sulzmann-tenor saxophone

John Parricelli-electric guitar

Chris Laurence-doublebass

Tony Levin-drums

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track listing:

1. Until 13:45

2. Drum Sequence 6:28

3. Dream Sequence 5:11

4. Cousin Marie 9:35

5. Nonetheless 7:05

6. A Flower is a Lovesome Thing 7:46

7. Hearken 4:52

8. Kind Folks 11:46

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Improvised Music
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
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Sextet Recordings

descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Looking back over Kenny Wheeler's more than four decades of work as a world-class trumpeter and flugelhorn player, it's striking to see how much distance he has covered stylistically, both as a player and as a composer. Now in his 70s, he is no longer the bop classicist of his youth, and while he retains an interest in free jazz he also feels no need to cultivate an image as an improvisational wild man. The seven original tunes on the aptly titled Dream Sequence (plus one standard, the Billy Strayhorn composition "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing") are all fully composed jazz pieces, but their mood and tone are quite consistently floating and dreamy; not arrhythmic, but not exactly swinging either. Wheeler himself, while not an aggressive player, is the clear leader in this group and the tonal center of the music by virtue of his warm, rich tone and gently confident presence (he plays flugelhorn, rather than trumpet, throughout the program). These recordings were made over a periodof seven years with a shifting group of sidemen; one track, the lovely "Hearken," is a solo piece, and another, the even better "Drum Sequence," is a duo for flugelhorn and drums. The most impressive performances, though, are those that incorporate at least a quartet into the dreamy ambience of Wheeler's musical vision. Very highly recommended."- Rick Anderson. All Music

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