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File under: Contemporary

Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell

Angel Song

Label: ECM Records

Format: CD

Genre: Jazz

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“Destined to go down in history as a jazz classic” was the verdict with which The Guardian greeted this album on its release in 1997, saying, “Wheeler’s compositions and four of the world’s greatest improvisers make for a tranquil set that rewards with every listening. This is beautiful, golden music.” Angel Song is among the apexes of the label’s catalogue, uniting four master-improvisers – each with a unique artistic identity – in an intimate, drummer-less quartet session. Kenny Wheeler is the composer of the nine hauntingly lyrical chamber-elaborations and endows them with his singular timbre on flugelhorn and trumpet in expressive melodic exchanges with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. Dave Holland’s bass-foundation is as compelling as ever, giving Bill Frisell all the freedom for harmony-encompassing improvisation. The verdict of The Times was equally jubilant: “This is a stirringly beautiful album: Holland’s lithe dependability providing the anchor for the dignified sonorousness of Konitz, the flickering grace of Frisell and the plangent tenderness of Wheeler himself.”

File under: Contemporary
Cat. number: ECM 1607, 533 098-2
Year: 2024
Recorded February 1996 - Power Station, New York An ECM Production ℗ 1997 ECM Records GmbH © 1997 ECM Records GmbH 22-p. booklet, Jewel Case in cardboard slipcover.