Barney Wilen Quintet – Passione (1995) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:01 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,42 GB
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or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 702 MB
French saxophonist Barney Wilen is one of the most renowned European jazz musicians. Wilen performed with Miles Davis in 1957 on the Ascenseur pour l’echafaud soundtrack. He has also worked with Kenny Clarke and Thelonious Monk on other film soundtracks. During the last ten or so years of his life, Wilen has a career resurgence thanks in part to his releases on Venus Records. Passione, recorded in June 1995, was Wilen’s last recording as he passed away the following year at age 59. Not showing any indication of his illness, Passione displays Wilen in top form, sounding at ease, inspired, and powerful. One of Italy’s most well-known jazz musicians, trumpeter Enrico Rava, joins Wilen to create a very appealing front line.
Wilen is supported by a highly competent rhythm section. The quintet cheerfully swings on “Jitterbug Waltz” and Gerry Mulligan’s “Line for Lyons,” and displays strong emotion on the gorgeous “Estate” and the title track. The eclectic program also includes Latin and Italian songs. This exceptional album effectively captured Wilen’s final creative spark.
01. Jitterbag Waltz
02. My Ship
03. Line For Lyons
05. Venetian Rumba
08. Besame Mucho
09. Bella Chao
10. I Cover The Waterfront
11. Al Herraz
Barney Wilen – tenor, alto & soprano saxophones
Enrico Rava – trumpet
Alain Jean-Marie – piano
Gilles Naturel – bass
Philippe Soirat – drums
Produced & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered & Mixed by Jean-Marc Pinaud.
Recorded on July 12-14, 1995 at Acousti Studio in Paris, France.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-78.