CD A Long Time Ago [Kenny Wheeler] (CD 1155024), Audio Other
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A Long Time Ago [Kenny Wheeler]


  • 1. Long Time Ago Suite, The
    2. One Plus Three - (version 1)
    3. Ballad For a Dead Child
    4. Eight Plus Three / Alice My Dear
    5. Going For Baroque
    6. Gnu Suite
    7. One Plus Three - (version 2)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 547 190

  • Credits
    ProducerEvan Parker; Stan Sulzmann
    EngineerSteve Lowe

    Personnel: Kenny Wheeler (flugelhorn); Tony Faulkner (conductor); Derek Watkins, John Barclay, Henry Lowther, Ian Hamer (trumpet); Pete Beachill, Richard Edwards, Mark Nightingale (trombone); Sarah Williams, Dave Stewart (bass trombone); John Taylor (piano); John Paricelli (guitar).
    Recorded in September 1997 and January 1998.
    1999's A LONG TIME AGO continues Kenny Wheeler's explorations with larger ensembles. His core trio (John Taylor on piano and John Parricelli on guitar, with Wheeler on flugelhorn), is augmented here with an eight-piece brass section.
    Wheeler's writing has always been the perfect fit for these regal arrangements, even on his bracing small combo works like GNU HIGH and DEER WAN. His compositional breadth is stunning, as he moves gracefully from the elegant balladry of the title suite to the classically themed "Going for Baroque." In this highly emotive set, the slow tempos Wheeler favors are rich with meditative layers.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (2/00, p.68) - 4.5 out of 5 - "...a stylist on trumpet and flugelhorn. Few players can establish such a strong identity with just a few notes....[Wheeler's] approach is consistently lyrical..."
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