Songs for Quintet
Trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler was one of Canada's finest ever jazz artists and was internationally recognised as a giant of modern jazz. He collaborated with such jazz greats as Keith Jarrett, Anthony Braxton and David Holland, and was versatile enough to record with the diverse likes of David Sylvian (Japan) and Joni Mitchell. Wheeler died last year, shortly after completing Songs for Quintet, another high-quality entry in his extensive discography. It was recorded at London's famed Abbey Road Studio and, as the title indicates, he is joined by four stellar players (on guitar, tenor sax, double bass and drums). The clarity of his playing and the eloquence of his compositions remain on vivid display here. A fine farewell.