mercoledì 19 ottobre 2011

Quattro domande a Dave Douglas su Kenny Wheeler

Il blog dedicato alla musica jazz del quotidiano Ottawa Citizen ha intervistato Dave Douglas in occasione della inaugurazione del 9° Festival of New Trumpet Music che si terrà questo fine settimana allo Jazz Standard di New York di cui Douglas è il direttore artistico, che quest'anno è dedicato al trombettista canadese Kenny Wheeler.
Il festival avrà come protagonisti talentuosi musicisti quali Ingrid Jensen, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Craig Taborn e naturalmente lo stesso Wheeler. 

Ecco un estratto dell'intervista:

How would you describe Kenny’s music and vision? Why do you think his music is important and merits celebration?
Lyrical, harmonically savvy, emotionally poignant, and maybe most of all, literary — those are terms I would use to describe his music. Kenny is one of those musicians whose career arc spans so many eras, he has changed with the times but kept a consistent integrity and established a truly unique voice which has touched so many. It’s hard to figure out whether he has more of an impact as a trumpeter or a composer, and I find that fact inspiring. Kenny Wheeler’s brilliant vision is one that comes along rarely, and he has done so much with it over the years. That in itself deserves celebration!
But anyone who knows the many facets of his music even a little bit knows that the impact lies in the emotional resonance of his music, words, and playing.
How would you describe the influence that Kenny’s music and playing have had in the jazz world? How have you been influenced by Kenny in your own work?
I can’t speak for “the jazz world,” but I can speak for myself.
A few of the moments in Wheeler’s music that have touched me and influenced my decisions about music:
Windmill Tilter — I discovered it in reissue recently, and feel that the writing and playing confirms Kenny’s sound early in his career and demonstrates his long fascination with trumpeter Booker Little.
Anthony Braxton Quartet — Some of the knottiest melodies and most intricate interplay on record. Kenny demonstrated that Braxton’s music could actually be played on a brass instrument. At least by him. He set the bar high for all of us on those recordings.
Gnu High — In particular the tune Smatter, which I learned at music school, Berklee.
Music for Large and Small Ensembles: This is where all the elements come together on record — the lyrics, the composing and arranging, the magisterial trumpet solos. A masterpiece.
Rambler — the Bill Frisell album from the late ’80s. If you could wear out the grooves on a CD, my copy would be shot.
A Long Time Ago — All brass!
Angel Song — Gorgeous quartet recording with Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, and Dave Holland.....

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Ecco un video del quintetto di Kenny Wheeler, registrato al Tavazsi Festival di Budapest il 27-03-1992, con una straordinaria formazione composta da Kenny Wheeler - tromba e flicorno; John Abercrombie - chitarra; John Taylor - piano; Palle Danielsson - basso e Peter Erskine - batteria.

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