The Long Waiting

The Long Waiting

by Kenny Wheeler


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The Long Waiting

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. Wheeler's expressive flügelhorn has a slightly dissonant, fragile sound that is very much his own, while his works are full of moving ensemble passages and superb individual solos. The peppy "Four, Five, Six" is very much a modern work, with intricate solos by Wheeler, bassist Chris Laurence, baritone saxophonist Julian Argüelles, and guitarist John Parricelli. The Latin undercurrent of his extended work "Enowena" proves infectious as a backdrop for Wheeler's powerful solo. "Upwards" begins as a deliberate, brooding piece that suggests an emotional upheaval, with Wheeler stretching the upper range of his horn; it changes character midway into driving post-bop. This is easily one of Kenny Wheeler's best efforts as a leader.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
Label: Camjazz
UPC: 0016728504423
catalogNumber: 5044
Rank: 74577

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Wheeler   Primary Artist,Flugelhorn
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
Stan Sulzmann   Baritone Saxophone
Julian Arguelles   Baritone Saxophone
Tony Fisher   Trumpet
Martin France   Drums
Dave Horler   Trombone
Duncan Lamont   Alto Saxophone
Chris Laurence   Bass
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
John Taylor   Piano
Ray Warleigh   Alto Saxophone
John Parricelli   Guitar
David Stewart   Bass Trombone
Nick Smart   Trumpet
Barnaby Dickinson   Trombone
Pete Churchill   Conductor
Diana Torto   Vocals

Technical Credits

Evan Parker   Liner Notes
Kenny Wheeler   Arranger,Composer
Niall Acott   Engineer
Ermanno Basso   Producer
Andrea Marini   Management

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