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05 Through the Looking Glass excerpt

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    Cat No: EDN1038
    UK release date: 25th February 2013
    Worldwide Digital Release Date: 25th February 2013
    Barcode: 5065001530425
    Format: Limited Edition heavyweight vinyl, CD, download & HD 24 bit download
    Gig date: 25th May 2013 at Kings Place, Hall 1 (only date)

    KENNY WHEELER flugelhorn, composer
    NORMA WINSTONE vocals
    LONDON VOCAL PROJECT 24 piece choir directed by Pete Churchill
    NIKKI ILES piano
    MARK LOCKHEART saxophones
    STEVE WATTS double bass
    JAMES MADDREN drums

    Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone have been at the forefront of the European Jazz scene collectively for the last 5 decades gaining the admiration and reverence from all generations of musicians and fans. With Mirrors, a major suite of music composed by Kenny Wheeler set to poems by Stevie Smith, Lewis Carroll and W.B. Yeats, they are joined by the London Vocal Project, a 24 piece choir directed by the inimitable Pete Churchill. Featuring some of the most renowned and celebrated musicians in British Jazz, spanning 4 generations including pianist Nikki Iles, saxophonist Mark Lockheart, bassist Steve Watts and drummer James Maddren, Mirrors looks to stand up as one of THE albums to own in the vast catalogues of both Wheeler and Winstone.

    The release of Mirrors marks a first in Kenny Wheeler’s long and illustrious writing career. Up until now, virtually all his music has been conceived instrumentally and then has had the good fortune to have the addition of Norma Winstones’ fantastic poetry to turn them into songs. With Mirrors, it is the first time that he has set existing text to music and the result is something that is remarkably different. The wonderfully colourful, sometimes humorous and dark words by poets Stevie Smith, Lewis Carroll and W.B. Yeats have governed the shape, so melodies and forms are longer and nuances exist that might not have had been there if the music had been composed instrumentally.

    Mirrors is vast in conception and world class in execution. It is bold, highly original and undeniably a record will create huge attention. It is an important and pivotal album in Kenny Wheeler’s career and one that is sure to go down in history as one of his ‘classic’ albums.

    Released by: Edition Records
    Release/catalogue number: EDN1038
    Release date: Feb 25, 2013

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