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Kenny Wheeler Tour October 21st-28th + Windmill Tilter Release

There doesn’t seem to be a press release yet (?) but various venues outside London have on sale a major 80th Birthday tour in October by an all-star big band playing the music of Kenny Wheeler, also listed on the ECM website. London had a gig on the actual birthday inJanuary, reviewed for us by Frank Griffith.

Here’s the line-up as (e.g.) on the website of the Anvil, Basingstoke, where the opening gig will take place on October 21st.

Kenny Wheeler flugelhorn, composer/arranger
Stan Sulzmann, Evan Parker, Ray Warleigh, Duncan Lamont, Julian Arguelles saxophones
Henry Lowther, Derek Watkins, John Barcley, Nick Smart trumpet
Mark Nightingale, Barnaby Dickinson, Dave Horler, Dave Stewart trombones
John Taylor piano
John Parricelli guitar
Chris Laurence bass
Martin France drums
Diana Torto vocals
Pete Churchill conductor

The other dates are

Oct 22nd: Turner Sims Southampton

October 23rd: RNCM Manchester

Oct 24th Leeds College of Music

October 27th Sage Gateshead

Oct 28th: Elmwood Hall (Belfast Festival).

I understand that the material to be played will be new compositions by Kenny Wheeler.

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Also, according to Amazon, September 6th will see the release of a newly re-mastered CD of the seminal album Windmill Tilter from 1969 on the BGO Label. It’s been out of the catalogue for yonks – there has to be a good story behind that….

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  1. Goldoni Bartanca, hi. If your comment is relevant to this post please re-submit it with words which make it clearer what that connection is.

    Thanking you for your contribution.

  2. Sad that Norma Winstone is not involved. A voice associated so much with Kenny Wheeler over the years

  3. Roger Farbey wrote in via Facebook:

    “Windmill Tilter has been out of print for 40 years, this is its first release ever on CD and in my opinion its one of the top ten Brit albums of all time (so far!)”

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