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Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and William Russo. His earliest influences included Buck Clayton and Roy Eldrige but, by the time he left for London, he was looking towards bebop, Miles Davis and Fats Navarro particularly. After his arrival in London, Wheeler balanced commercial dance band work with gigs alongside modernists like Joe Harriott and Ronnie Scott, and in 1959 joined the Johnny Dankworth band in time for their breakthrough Newport Jazz Festival appearance

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Guillermo Bazzola: Lost & Found

Read "Lost & Found" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Argentinian guitarist Guillermo Bazzola's deep admiration for late flugelhornist and composer Kenny Wheeler began to blossom back in 1979, when Bazzola was only 17 years old and first discovered the trumpet player's early oeuvre. His love for the Canadian pioneer of post-romantic jazz manifests itself in, among other things, the name of the independent label the ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Wheeler's birthday today! Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and William ...

Double Time

Label: Winterfold Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD (Winterfold Collection): Back To The Beginning; Seems Like A Lifetime Ago Pt.1; Seems Like A Lifetime Ago Pt.2; Hell's Bells; Travels With Myself, And Someone Else; Age Of Information; The Sliding Floor; Symmetry; Blue Brains; Flags; Everything You've Heard Is True; Sample And Hold; Adios A La Pasada. DVD: Bruford and the Beat.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Guillermo Bazzola: Lost & Found

Read "Lost & Found" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La musica di Kenny Wheeler serba una nicchia preziosa di estimatori pari alla sua qualità e originalità. Il chitarrista di origine argentina Guillermo Bazzola apparecchia questo degno omaggio al compianto trombettista, penetrando nella sua personalità con sensibile attenzione, con rispetto e delicatezza. Bazzola, nato e cresciuto in Argentina, si è trasferito nel 2002 a Madrid, dove ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Composer / Drummer Filippo Bonaccorso Releases 'Enigmatica' on Got Groove Records

Composer / Drummer Filippo Bonaccorso Releases 'Enigmatica' on Got Groove Records

“These compositions were born during a very long span of my life, long before I conceived of this project and this album,” says drummer, composer, and bandleader Filippo Bonaccorso of his recording debut. “Enigmatica is the characteristic of the human soul that is indefinite, often unsolved, not always clear.” However, Enigmatica makes this very clear: Its ...

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Ran Blake: Gray Moon, When Soft Rains Fall and Northern Noir

Read "Ran Blake: Gray Moon, When Soft Rains Fall and Northern Noir" reviewed by John Ephland

I'm a sucker for musical duets. Duets that make me feel like I'm in the same room with the two of them. Here we have three recent releases with the iconoclastic, legendary Ran Blake, now 83, in what is his most typical setting. Yes, to hear Blake paired up like this is to hear ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park

Read "Patrick Cornelius: From ECM to Acadia National Park" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

With a persistently active live and equally dynamic release schedule in his back pocket, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius continues to push the boundaries of the straight-ahead approach to jazz into a more modern context. Since his first recording as a leader--2006's self-released Lucid Dream featuring a cast of fellow Berklee College of Music Students from the ...

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Guitarist Jack DeSalvo: While We Sleep & Quintrepid on Unseen Rain

Read "Guitarist Jack DeSalvo: While We Sleep & Quintrepid on Unseen Rain" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist/composer Jack DeSalvo has had a long, diverse career emphasizing fusion and free playing. His most visible gig was with Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society, but since co-founding the record label Unseen Rain Records he has played on or produced a wide variety of music. For example, his duet album Soldani Dieci Anni (Unseen Rain Records, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Diego Urcola Quartet: El Duelo

Read "El Duelo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The cover of this album shows Diego Urcola (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Paquito D'Rivera (alto saxophone, clarinet) back-to-back, as if about to engage in the titular duel. But the sound is that of two veteran players jointly taking a leap into the unknown. A quartet without piano is an unusual setting for both of them. D'Rivera's liner ...


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