Barney Wilen Quartet – Le Ça: New York Romance (1994) [Japan 2000]
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Barney Wilen had a style that wasn’t like anyone else. On this album he exhibits a cool smokey tone and plays these tunes straight ahead. For example, on Mack the Knife, there is no attitude of fake hipness to get in the way of the melody. It doesn’t sound like cliched versions of a 50’s hipster or someone trying too hard to make something new out of it.
Alternating between soprano, tenor and baritone saxes in this collection of straight-ahead jazz for the Japanese market, Barney Wilen refuses to be pinned down to a single tone quality or approach, even on the same instrument. Among other things, he mimics the lagging phrasing of Lady Day on “You’ve Changed” on soprano, “Blues Walk” bumps along agreeably on baritone while “Old Devil Moon” is sustained and humorous, and “Mack the Knife” is converted into a glacial smoky ballad with almost casual nonchalance. Throughout, Kenny Barron gets acres of well-turned solo space – it’s practically his gig, too – and Ira Coleman (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums) provide crisp underpinning. The further one goes in this collection, the more interesting and less predictable it sounds.
01. No Problem
02. Cry Me A River
03. Blues Walk
04. You’ve Changed
05. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
06. Mack The Knife
07. Don’t Fence Me In
08. Old Devil Moon
09. I Will Say Goodbye
Produced & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded on June 19-20,1994 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # TKGV-1.
Barney Wilen – soprano, tenor & bariton saxophones
Kenny Barron – piano
Ira Coleman – bass
Lewis Nash – drums