Monday, 12 June 2017

Kenny Wheeler - Double, Double You (1984)

Let's stick around with 80s ECM for another post - and a fine set of tunes from the late Kenny Wheeler (1930-2014), the Canadian-transplanted-to-UK trumpeter who wholly deserves to be namedropped as often as much more familiar names on the instrument.

Four months on from the legendary Jarrett trio recordings that we ended last week with, Jack DeJohnette found himself back in the same studio to give another rock-solid performance - but the real supporting star here as far as I'm concerned is pianist John Taylor, especially on the triptych of songs that takes up the whole second half of the album.  Wheeler and Taylor had of course worked together in Azimuth (I'll post a few of their albums eventually, but if memory serves I think Opium Hum did the essential first one not long ago) and were on telepathic form by this point.

Still haven't mentioned the absolute highlight of Double, Double You - the 14-minute opener, Foxy Trot.  Superbly constructed, with a lengthy, winding theme that constantly seems just about to trip over its own feet before it eventually slams back into the major key to resolve itself into a wonderfully memorable hook.  Everyone sounds great on this one.  Yes, even Michael Brecker, who I ordinarily wouldn't have much interest in - this record appears to have been his sole ECM appearance, and it's a good one all round.

mega / zippy

4 comments:

  1. Nice one! Other Brecker on ECM - "80/81" - Metheny, "Getting There" and "Night" (superb!) by Abercrombie.

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    1. Thanks Chico - how could I forget 80/81, with Brecker's name on the cover and everything! Most of my ECM Pat is on vinyl, which is currently in storage, that's my excuse. Will check out those Abercrombies, haven't heard 'em - cheers.

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  2. Thanks for this Kenny Wheeler. Great blog!

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  3. Many thanks for this album!

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