CD Other People [Kenny Wheeler] (CD 1315456), Audio Other
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Other People [Kenny Wheeler]

  • 1. Other People
    2. Some Days Are Better
    3. Win Some Lose Some
    4. More Is Less
    5. Nita
    6. String Quartet No. 1
    7. Lucky Lady, The
    8. Unfortunate Gentleman, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 285027

  • Credits
    EngineerJohannes Wohlleben

    Personnel: Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn); Wladimir Kossjanenko (viola).
    Liner Note Author: Simon Spillett.
    Recording information: Bauer Studio, `Ludwigsburg (10/24/2005-10/26/2005).
    Author: Simon Spillett.
    Photographer: Peter Bastian.
    On this unusual album, 75-year-old trumpeter Kenny Wheeler performs eight of his originals with the Hugo Wolf String Quartet and pianist John Taylor. Two of the eight songs feature the strings by themselves. Wheeler is one of the most brilliant and inventive trumpeters of the past 40 years, and also a creative writer. However Other People has one main fault: a lack of much mood variation. Nearly all of the pieces are taken at ballad tempos (surprisingly, one of the few exceptions focuses on the strings without Wheeler) and the mood is consistently melancholy. Wheeler plays well with his occasional entries into the upper register often being surprises, and the strings do an excellent job of interpreting his challenging material. Taylor's appearances on piano are also welcome. But from the listening standpoint, there is a sameness that pervades much of the music and could have been alleviated by the inclusion of a couple of more stimulating tempos. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.98) - "Wheeler has never been one to overplay his hand on trumpet. His writing for strings, however, is often dramatically taut, enough so to suggest the suspense of a noir thriller, as the pulsating 'Win Some, Lose Some' illustrates."
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