Kenny Wheeler – Song For Quintet

February 3, 2015 / No Comments / Tags: Chris Laurence, ecm records, John Parricelli, Kenny Wheeler, Martin France, Songs For Quintet, Stan Sulzmann, thejazzpage,


Kenny Wheeler’s brilliance shines through on his final recording Song For Quintet. The flugelhornist and composer passed away in September of 2014, ten months after the completion of this recording, and what a gift it is for music lovers. True to form, the sound of Wheeler’s horn permeates everything from the moment he starts to play. The compositions on this effort have that wonderful transporting quality we’ve come to associate with his sound. Recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London, the band is comprised of some of Wheeler’s favorite musicians, to include Stan Sulzmann on tenor saxophone, John Parricelli on guitar, Chris Laurence on double bass and Martin France on drums. The unit works together seamlessly to produce a beautiful work by which to remember Wheeler’s magnificent contribution to the musical arts.

Click to listen to a clip of “Pretty Liddle Waltz”:

Tracks: Seventy-Six, Jigsaw, The Long Waiting, Cantor No.1, Sly Eyes, 1076, Old Time, Pretty Liddle Waltz, Nonetheless.

Website: ECM Records