March 28, 2011
CAM Jazz
Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Album Review

Kenny Wheeler sticks to fl├╝gelhorn exclusively for this unusual yet intimate trio date with pianist John Taylor and electric bassist Steve Swallow (whose nimble playing makes it seem like he is playing an acoustic guitar at times). Together the three veterans explore the leader's stunning originals, most of which are ballads, beginning with the buoyant Brazilian-flavored "Phrase 3." "Anticipation" is a tense affair, with the rhythm section introducing a hypnotic, intricate vamp before Wheeler makes a powerful entrance stating its melancholic theme. "Old Ballad" has an air of despair, as if recalling a long-lost love, as Wheeler's expressive tone conveys the mood without the need for lyrics. "Fortune's Child" is another emotional ballad, with Taylor at times recalling Bill Evans' elegant touch."Ever After" is played in two versions. The first omits Wheeler, with Taylor and Swallow delivering a breezy, post-bop performance. The trio version takes a while to get underway but the interplay between the three men is a joy. Highly recommended.
Ken Dryden, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Phrase 3
  2. Anticipation
  3. Aneba
  4. Any How
  5. Canter #5
  6. Ever After [Duo Version] [Version]
  7. Now and Now Again
  8. Old Ballad
  9. Fortune's Child
  10. Even After
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