Kenny Wheeler

Vinyl Vault: "Gnu High"

Jun 15, 2018

This week’s Vinyl Vault feature is a 1976 album from flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler entitled “Gnu High.” This ECM release features Keith Jarrett on piano, Dave Holland on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. This was the first of a long string of albums Wheeler recorded for ECM. Unlike many ECM albums that tend to be somewhat spacey and ethereal, this one is pretty lively and contains some excellent playing and soloing by all members of the crew. Check out the Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson, Tuesday at 8:30 on KUVO Jazz.

This week’s Vinyl Vault features some atmospherics from the band Azimuth which consists of John Taylor on piano and organ, Norma Winstone on vocals and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet and flugelhorn. Sometimes compared to minimalist composer Steve Reich, Azimuth certainly sets a mood in a uniquely ECM way. Check it out, the Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson, Tuesday, December 5 at 8:30pm on KUVO.