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Angel Song
Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland
Angel Song
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop
 
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Kenny Wheeler is among the most lyrically commanding yet daring of modern trumpeters. There's a palpable ease of execution, and a poignant human quality, to his distinctive timbre, as on the title tune where his fluttering...  more »

      
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All Artists: Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Frisel
Title: Angel Song
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: ECM Records
Release Date: 2/11/1997
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 781182160729

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Kenny Wheeler is among the most lyrically commanding yet daring of modern trumpeters. There's a palpable ease of execution, and a poignant human quality, to his distinctive timbre, as on the title tune where his fluttering descents into the lower register, the cracked yet powerful vocal inflections, and the sudden emission of high harmonics suggest a whistling column of air slowly leaking from a balloon. And from the moody Spanish tinge of "Present Past" to the raga-ish Nordic gravity of "Unti," alto player Lee Konitz matches Wheeler's lyric ease with a singing sound and rhythmic buoyancy all his own. And on "Omno," the jazziest selection of this recital, bassist Dave Holland's fluent 4/4 pulse and electric guitarist Bill Frisell's evocative minor voicings form a seamless web of open harmonies, leading to a contrapuntal dialogue which recalls Lennie Tristano's visionary late-'40s designs--a direct ancestor of this evocative set of chamber jazz. --Chip Stern

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What's this about? Collaboration
12/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a pelasure to hear an album that could only have come about through mutual respect and collaboration. I've been folowing Frisell for a while, buit he really shines when he gets the right people around him. He has them here.Of course this is not a Frisell album, everyone puts forth a great effort. Kenny Wheeler does a superb job, and Dave Holland's bass work is wonderful.I'm fiding myself reaching for this album late at night - windows open, cool breeze. Or early in the morning - when I'm just waking up. It doesn't rush anything - it takes its time, it has some space.Here are four musicians confident in their own abilities, and willing to step forward - or step aside. The interplay is great, and a pleasure to the ears. This is helped enormously by a great production job from Manfred Eicher (what would you expect?)Buy it."
Consumate Artistry
Karl W. Nehring | 03/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Kenny Wheeler's "Angel Song" is far and away my favorite recording of 1998. Bill Frisell does his most breathtaking and committed playing to date on this disc. Many sections are long duets between Bill and bassist Dave Holland and they are some of the finest passages in ECM's ouevre. Kenny Wheeler doesn't gtrandstand on his own album, but lets the chamber quartet breathe with a true depth of feeling for the material. Sublime."
Magical Music
Karl W. Nehring | Ostrander, OH USA | 08/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Trumpeter/fluegelhornist Kenny Wheeler is joined on this session by saxophonist Lee Konitz, guitarist Bill Frisell, and bassist Bill Holland. As you might expect from such a lineup, the lines are long and flowing, the interplay is intricate, and the compositions are extended and probing. There are some wonderful little moments buried within this CD, as in the title cut, where about three minutes in, Frisell and Holland play together, Wheeler and Konitz then join in briefly, then Wheeler drops out, leaving Konitz to take the lead, but with accompaniment by Frisell and Holland. This kind of thing happens over and over again, one musician after the other stepping forward, stepping backward, interacting, supporting, blending, bending, creating musical magic, magical music. This is a startlingly wonderful recording, a contemporary classic, and I cannot recommend it too highly."