CD What Now? (CD 175403),
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What Now?

  • 1. Iowa City
    2. One Two Three
    3. March Mist
    4. Lover Mourns, The
    5. Sweet Yakity Waltz, The
    6. What Now?
    7. For Tracy
    8. Verona
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5005

  • Credits
    EngineerJames Farber

    Personnel: Kenny Wheeler (flugelhorn); Kenny Wheeler; Chris Potter (tenor saxophone); Dave Holland (double bass); John Taylor (piano).
    Audio Mixer: Goffredo Gibellini.
    Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
    Recording information: Sear Sound Studio, NY (06/01/2004/06/02/2004).
    Four complementary post-bop giants combine their talents on this set of original music, written and played by 74-year-old Kenny Wheeler. Wheeler, whose trumpet chops are still in their prime, sticks to flgelhorn throughout. Although his eight originals are performed at a variety of tempos, there is always a feeling of wistful melancholy, an emotion also expressed by the great young tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist John Taylor (who sometimes recalls Keith Jarrett a little), and the always solid and inventive bassist Dave Holland. This music generally takes its time yet never becomes sleepy or overly predictable, because the players listen closely to each other and often think as one. Although the program would have benefited from the inclusion of a barnburner for variety, What Now? succeeds as both background mood music and a thoughtful set of inventive jazz. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "WHAT NOW? requires one's undivided attention. There are so many stops and starts, solos and melodic turns of phrase, to hear it otherwise is to miss the subtle beauty of Wheeler's compositions."
    JazzTimes (p.129) - "Wheeler's writing contains some graceful harmonic tricks that the band devours..."
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