Kenny Wheeler Big Band: The Long Waiting – review

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There's a kind of magic about Kenny Wheeler, both his playing and his composition. Everything he invents, even the most abstract musical shape, turns out to be melodic. He is surrounded here by 20 of Britain's finest jazz players from several generations, and everything they play comes out sounding like a bit of Kenny. He's a great trumpet player, but here he sticks to the mellow, soft-voiced flugelhorn, sidling in and stealing the show every time. His orchestration is gorgeous, too, with the remarkable, wordless voice of Diana Torto prominent. The squad of excellent soloists includes saxophonist Ray Warleigh, trombonist Mark Nightingale and pianist John Taylor.

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Dave Gelly

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