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Thursday, September 18, 2014

RIP Kenny Wheeler

The news that trumpet player/composer/arranger Kenny Wheeler has passed away came as a shock if not a surprise - he'd been ill for sometime. Nevertheless, his death was an untimely reminder of how few of the jazz greats are left. Although Canadian by birth, where he was much loved, Kenny spent most of his musical career in this country. His ground-breaking Windmill Tilter Suite with the Dankworth band is an important work and invites comparision with any of the extended works of many, more renowned, composers.
Kenny Wheeler died September 18 aged 84.
Sadly missed.
Lance.
PS: Now someone is saying on F/b that it's a hoax!

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Those are kind words, Lance. Just a couple of things, the hoax was a hoax about a purported hoax and is a pretty sick kind of "humour". Also Kenny's seminal album recorded with the John Dankworth Orchestra was actually entitled "Windmill Tilter" and thankfully has now been reissued on CD

Lance said...

"the hoax was a hoax about a purported hoax"? Explain please!
Sorry about getting Windmill Tilter wrong it's a work on a par with Ellington's Such Thunder is Sweet.

Anonymous said...

It was a fake hoax warning. It seemed to use a ready-made template to add a few relevant details.

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