- Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued
- Label: ECM Records
- ASIN: B00000DTEF
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Gnu High Original recording reissued
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Top Customer Reviews
Kenny Wheeler prior to this album had been primarily associated with the avant garde. This is very much of a mainstream affair. The other participants, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette are on top of their form in this session. Kenny Wheeler plays flugelhorn instead of his usual trumpet.
This is a dream group which unfortunately never recorded again. In Ian Carr's biography of Keith Jarrett, he indicated Jarrett did not feel comfortable with the music. This does not show up in the results as Jarrett is brilliant.
Kenny Wheeler is one of the most underrated musicians in all of jazz. He has a beautiful tone and a strong melodic sense. The compositions are all first rate.
Kenny Wheeler has made many outstanding recordings since this effort but because of the strong supporting cast this remains a classic.
As usual the ECM production standards do not disappoint. Fans of progressive mainstream jazz will enjoy this recording.
This an overlooked record in the ECM catalogue, and certainly one of the classics of the era.
If you are a fan of Miles' last great quintet with Hancock, Carter, Shorter, and Williams - especially ESP - then you are going to love this session.
This is a fantastic recording, very cool and yet it has that unmistakeable ECM-ness about it. Buy buy buy!
I will not say any more about Kenny, because it is all covered below, I would just like to highlight the exquisite playing of the rhythm section. DeJohnette plays very freely, in fact, if you could hear what he is playing isolated from the others, you would have trouble discerning a pulse most of the time. Dave Holland is, as always, very alert, and responds to the soloist all the time (incidentally, Dave is also a great composer, if you liked this CD you should try some of his recordings as leader - 'Extended Play: Live at Birdland' is a good place to start). Keith Jarrett is magnificent on this CD - his solo passage on 'Heyoke' is great, just like a short version of his solo concerts with the twenty minute two-chord vamps taken away. His playing on the whole CD is astonishing, in my opinion his best playing on record (and I own a lot of Jarrett).
Overall, a great CD, with four musicians really listening and responding to each other.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply superb and a must own for Keith Jarrett fans. Very rare work as sideman, and his ideas shine throughout. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jp
I'm a huge Keith Jarrett fan so I wanted to hear him as a young sideman with this group. It's interesting to hear Jarrett's style already coming through strongly--so much so that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by openreels
I would recommend this to anyone. Jazz fan or not. This is a band of musicians that are at the top of their game....With rhythms and melodies as pure as stream water. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John
"Gnu High" was one of the most popular jazz albums that ever came out of the 70's and represents an
example of a magnificent recording that came together brilliantly after a... Read more
What a fantastic disc. A truly uplifting music set,featuring four remarkable musicians,who work very well together. Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by M. Ruth
A very thoughtful jazz album with all participants getting a fair share of the action. Beautifully done. Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by David King
The actual cd was what I wanted, but I've received items much quicker from other vendors. It is somewhat of an obscure item. I would order a cd from them again.Published on July 5, 2010 by Larry Redhouse