Personnel: Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn); Norma Winstone (vocals); Evan Parker (soprano & tenor saxophones); Ray Warleigh (alto saxophone); Stan Sulzman (tenor saxophone, flute); Duncan Lamont (tenor saxophone); Julian Arguelles (baritone saxophone); Derek Watkins, Henry Lowther, Alan Downey, Ian Hamer (trumpet); Dave Horler, Chris Pyne, Paul Rutherford, Hugh Fraser (trombone); John Taylor (piano); John Abercrombie (guitar); Dave Holland (bass); Peter Erskine (drums).
Recorded at CTS Studio, London, England and Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway in January and February 1990. Includes liner notes by Steve Lake.
Recording information: CTS Studios, London, England (01/1990); Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway (01/1990).
This two-disc set is a dazzling look at Kenny Wheeler's work as a composer. His breadth is stunning, from moody Oliver Nelson and Gil Evans-like expansiveness to compactly propulsive post-bop excursions. The first disc is taken up entirely with the eight-part "Sweet Time Suite."
Wheeler's scoring is bracing and emotive. Singer Norma Winstone is on hand for portions of it, offering a gloriously soaring counterpoint to the massed horn section. Wheeler's diverse background serves him well, as he's quite comfortable with both the traditional and the avant-garde (he worked in one of Anthony Braxton's important combos in the mid-'70s). For anyone unfamiliar with this stellar musician's work, this is is an excellent starting point, as is his first album as a leader, the remarkable GNU HIGH.