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It's still early, but I'll climb out on a limb. I think Down Beat is going to give this CD five stars. I'll bet money it's going to make most critics' Best of 2005 lists. It's far and away the best CD I've heard this year. If you like jazz, you need this CD.
There are a couple of ways to view the background of this session. Wheeler and Taylor released a duet CD on CAM Jazz earlier this year. But I expect a more common comparison will be to 1997's "Angel Song," which has proven Wheeler's most popular record. "Angel Song" deserved every bit of acclaim it received, and "What Now" is a worthy successor. If you like one, you'll like the other. And I can't imagine anyone not liking both.
Jazz is often described as conversation. This quartet proves that metaphor beyond any doubt. The first thing that struck me about this CD was how intently these guys listen to each other. I've never heard more fluid interplay. And Wheeler's tunes are perfectly suited to this dynamic, blurring the line between composition and improvisation.
I've heard a hundred all-star albums pairing first-rate musicians. Sometimes it works. Often it doesn't. But every once in awhile you strike something special, a chemistry that can only be described as magical. That's what happened here. It's so good, you almost don't want them to record a follow-up for fear it would disappoint.
Music like this doesn't come along often. Cherish it.
Jazz albums without drums can be real same-y after awhile, even Kenny's haven't been too hot (Angel Song for instance, nice but overrated). Not this one. Dave Holland picks you up by your seat and only lets you off into the cotton wrapped bronze that are the hands of John Taylor. Kenny has never sounded stronger and the tunes have that wistful bite of the ECM material, but with a real coppery shine. Yes, reverb, but less so. Never heard of CAMJazz before, but they have an interesting catalog.
Highly recommended after just three listens. 5 Berets. Plus track 1 is named "Iowa City".
A great modern jazz CD, especially considering it was recorded live in the studio, with no overdubs. Wheeler wrote the entire album and while there's not a dud to be found, I do have my favourite songs: "Iowa City" opens the set, "The Lover Mourns", as the title suggests, is a gloriously sad ballad and "Verona" is so engaging, you don't even notice that it's nine and a half minutes long. But trust me; every song on here is great.
With all due respect, I disagree that the disc is marred by "sound problems." The sound is fantastic, and clear. The clicking/clipping noted by another reviewer is (to my ears) nothing more than Holland playing the double bass. I base this view on the fact that you can pretty clearly hear Potter's valve workings on several solos. The album (as noted by Mower B. yard) sounds tremendous.
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I've owned this disc for over a year now, and find it more rewarding with each listen. Without drums, this remarkable jazz quartet has an ethereal, floating quality that simply... Read morePublished on March 2, 2007 by David Conklin
I can't seem to get this one out of rotation on my CD player.Published on January 3, 2007 by T. G. Bigelow