17 September 2014

KENNY WHEELER R.I.P.

















Thanks to those of you who have contributed to Kenny's welfare at this difficult time.  Here's an update from the Ottawa Citizen.

Sadly this bulletin has been superceded by this one.

As Sergio rightly says below, Kenny Wheeler was a true GIANT.

There are not many jazz musicians who have a foot in the freely improvised side of things and also compose and play some of the most beautiful and ravishing music in jazz, in anywhere.

Condolences to his family, friends and all his fellow musicians.

Thanks Kenny.  You gave a lot and left a lot.  Beautiful.


13 comments:

Andy said...

I'm very sad to say that Kenny has now left us. R.I.P.

'Zoshedsatear said...

Very sad news indeed,Andy! Some of us first heard him on that incredible Braxton album, and also with the SME. Sounds like his wife still needs, more than ever, our support,too...
Mr.Wheeler certainly had the "Sound of Joy"!

onxidlib said...

A really great musician who played a wonderful trumpet and wrote beautiful music within very personal arrangements.
A humble man.
Thank you Kenny Wheeler.
My thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow musicians.

Sergio said...

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/sep/19/kenny-wheeler-jazz-musician-dies-aged-84

Horror news! RIP, Giant!

softnucleus said...

I listened to Kenny the first time in the Nucleus "Solar Plexus" album, one of the first records I ever bought when I was a boy and since then I have not stopped loving his unique sound.
I had the great honor of knowing him personally (a shy and gentle man) and meet him many times as there was a period that he attended my area (the "deep" north-east of Italy), as well as to play, even for educational purposes. He also appears as a special guest on the very limited edition CD of the Friulian composer and pianist Glauco Venier dedicated to my town, Gorizia.
The notes of "Everybody's Song But My Own" will resound in my mind for a long time...
Kenny we will miss you.

jazzuk said...

Very sad news...a great loss. My sincere condolences to family and close friends.

amnesia said...

I feel privileged to have seen Kenny in so many different settings, Indo-Jazz Fusions, Graham Collier, SME, Mike Gibbs, Stan Tracey, Louis Moholo etc etc and then his own groups and with Evan Parker, Globe Unity so many more. What a cv, what a musician and most of all what a wonderful person. Thanks Kenny you will not be forgotten.

Andy said...

WKCR 89.9FM NY broadcasting 32 hours straight Kenny Wheeler recordings!!

http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/kenny-wheeler-memorial-broadcast

Tantris said...

Very sad news. My condolences to his family and friends. What a legacy of music he has left us.

daniel said...

sad news.
immeasurable contribution.
what a huge lost for music.

our feelings to the family and close friends.

Anonymous said...

Kenny Wheeler Quartet - Live in Lovere, Italy 7-2-1978 in FLAC with Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton. These were originally shared by Ricardo years ago. Enjoy!

https://mega.co.nz/#!GN4F3BTC!GxkXFk1xGPgtSOF2ITbYAWrctBe5fHI2PhxBg1BDZyk

Anonymous said...

Kenny Wheeler Quartet - Live in II Rassegna Della Quercia Del Tasso, Rome, Italy, 7-3-1978 in FLAC with Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton. These were originally shared by Ricardo years ago. Enjoy!

https://mega.co.nz/#!GUhW2DpY!JM0MtoZQ3SnrCDCjn4Y53jbeRFeeXrL6CCExCFGAyg8

JC said...

He will be missed. Thanks Anon for the repost. I had not found those before.