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Nine­teen Plus One As­tarte

Us­ing con­ven­tional big band in­stru­men­ta­tion (Italy’s ex­cel­lent Colours or­ches­tra) and ar­rang­ing some stan­dards with Si­na­tra as­so­ci­a­tions, Kenny Wheeler then stamps his own per­son­al­ity on the out­come. His writ­ing may have echoes (of Gil Evans, for one), but it’s un­mis­take­ably Wheeler, just as the abun­dant, lovely flugel­horn so­los here could only be his. The ar­range­ments, in­cor­po­rat­ing the word­less vo­cal lines of the ex­cel­lent Diana Torto (a de­vice he has used with equal suc­cess with Norma Win­stone), are vivid tone po­ems in which he finds fresh colours for such old melodies as Only the Lonely, All or Noth­ing at All, How Deep Is the Ocean, I Should Care, When Your Lover Has Gone and The Man I Love. But he also re­works them in richly tex­tured, con­sis­tently imag­i­na­tive ways on a gor­geous CD that closes with a typ­i­cal Wheeler orig­i­nal called, cryp­ti­cally,

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