Kenny Wheeler trumpet, fluegelhorn
Michael Brecker tenor saxophone
John Taylor piano
Dave Holland bass
Jack DeJohnette drums
01. Foxy Trot
02. Ma Bel
03. W. W.
04. Three For D'reen
05. Blue For Lou
06. Mark Time
All songs composed by Kenny Wheeler
Produced by Manfred Eicher
Recorded May 1983 at Power Station, New York
Engineer: Jan Erik Kongshaug
Photos: Deborah Feingold; Design: Barbara Wojirsch
Recorded May 1983
powerful at times
This recording isn't quite as cohesive overall as Deer Wan to my ears, but I love it just the same.
I love Brecker, and originally purchased Double, Double You for no other reason than the fact that it featured Brecker along with Holland and DeJonette. I figured it would be a safe bet.
This record has a lot of blowing on it, and the compsitions are typical Wheeler - lots of space for the ensemble and rhythm section to work, and plenty of room left over for blowing. As on Corea's Three Quartets, Brecker shines on this one, playing just about anything and everything.
While Wheeler's music is somewhat in the spirt of the Shorter/Hancock/Carter/Williams era Miles Davis, his soloing is more towards the experimental side, but very melodically developed at the same time.
At the very end of the record, there is a polyrhythmic section where DeJohnette sets up a groove that you just have to hear to believe. Very much his own style, but reminiscent of Elvin Jones, or Tony Williams.
PS I may have to rethink my comments about Deer Wan being a better overall record.... the addition of John Taylor really makes this a special record!!! - Shawn (IL United States) (Amazon.com)