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Long Time Ago
     

A Long Time Ago

by Kenny Wheeler
 
Subtitled "Music for Brass Ensemble and Soloists," and produced - oddly enough - by avant-garde saxophonist Evan Parker, this recording features compositions by Kenny Wheeler for four trombones, four trumpets, plus piano and guitar, with Wheeler on flugelhorn. Those attracted to the leader's somewhat staid approach should appreciate the

Overview

Subtitled "Music for Brass Ensemble and Soloists," and produced - oddly enough - by avant-garde saxophonist Evan Parker, this recording features compositions by Kenny Wheeler for four trombones, four trumpets, plus piano and guitar, with Wheeler on flugelhorn. Those attracted to the leader's somewhat staid approach should appreciate the intricate harmonies, lush brass sound, and pleasant solos. Reminiscent of some of J.J. Johnson's arrangements for brass ensemble decades ago, Wheeler's tunes tend to stick to slower tempos and rich, if not exciting blends. A serious soloist, his own lovely improvisations focus on carefully chosen notes, but sometimes drift perilously. The highlight is the opening "The Long Time Ago Suite," which, at more than 31 minutes, takes up nearly half the album. Fans of Wheeler's early adventurous years will be disappointed, but those who are accustomed to - and enjoy - his more recent conservative style should find this rewarding.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Ecm Import
UPC:
0731454719025
catalogNumber:
547190

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Performance Credits

Kenny Wheeler   Primary Artist,Flugelhorn
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
John Barclay   Trumpet
Pete Beachill   Trombone
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Ian Hamer   Trumpet
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
John Taylor   Piano
John Parricelli   Guitar
Reicard Edwards   Trombone
Sarah Williams   Trombone,Bass Trombone
David Stewart   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Tony Faulkner   Conductor

Technical Credits

Evan Parker   Producer
Stan Sulzmann   Producer
Manfred Eicher   Executive Producer
Birgit Binner   Cover Design
Steve Lowe   Engineer

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