March 19, 2018

WHEELER VARIATIONS

ALESSANRO GALATI – piano
SIMONA SEVERINI – vocals
STAN SULZMANN – tenor sax
STEFANO CANTINI – soprano sax
ARES TAVOLAZZI – bass
ENZO ZIRILLI – drums

01. KEN
02. k
03. e [#1]
04. n [#1]
05. NY
06. n [#2]
07. y
08. WHEEL
09. w
10. h
11. e [#2]
12. e [#3]
13. l
14. ER
15. e [#4]
16. r

All music and lyrics composed and arranged by Alessandro Galati

The Wheeler Variations consist of four songs: “KEN”, “NY”, “WHEEL”, “ER”, followed by some improvised pieces played in the form of variation.
As you can notice, the name of each song is a chunk of “Kenny Wheeler”, containing a specific number of letters, according to the number of the variations that follow.
For example, the first song “KEN”, is followed by three variations called “k”, “e [#1]”, and “n”. Each song is played by the whole group, whereas the variations are played by different combos of a few members.
This rather complex scheme is what makes the project really adventurous, yet maintaining a solid structure. As Kenny Wheeler declared in an interview “I’m still trying to find soppy melodies mixed with a bit of chaos”. The Wheeler Variations state my clear declaration of love to the imaginary world of Kenny Wheeler.

Recorded by Andrea Benassai at Sonoria Studios, Prato.
Mixed by Stefano Amerio at Artesuono, Cavalicco (UD) 2017
Produced by Diskunion, Somethin’ Cool, 2017
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