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Accidental Tourists (Kenny Wheeler, Markus Burger, Jan von Klewitz)

The Banff Sessions - A Tribute to Kenny Wheeler

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Records
  • UPC 0608917340327
  • Catalog number CR 73403
  • Release date 27 November 2015
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About the album

Pianist / bandleader Markus Burger: "We are delighted that Challenge Records’ upcoming release, inspired by the work and talent of one of our most treasured musical idols. I had the great pleasure of meeting Kenny Wheeler in 1993, during my artistic residence at the Banff Center for the Arts, in Alberta, Canada. My quartet, Septer Bourbon, had just finished recording our first CD in 1992, "Fishing for Compliments", and submitted it as part of our application to attend the Jazz Clinic at the Banff Center. We were ecstatic not only to learn that we had been accepted, but also that we would have the privilege to study with one of the greatest jazz musicians of our time, Kenny Wheeler. The experience was deeply inspirational, and very prolific for us, as we got to work on writing new material from day one. Kenny was kind enough to let us research his musical scores, and even took the time to show us some of his “Wheelerisms,” a term we began using to describe his melodic and harmonic signatures. But what is most memorable about studying with Kenny was his encouraging feedback whenever we shared our early musical sketches, written by me and my collaborator Jan von Klewitz, during the second week of the Jazz workshop. Kenny gave us so much confidence in the material we composed at the workshop, that we decided to add lyrics to a couple of the songs and ask the legendary Norma Winstone to perform them. In May, 1993, we premiered the entire suite of compositions in the Blue Room at the Banff Center for the Arts. I did get a chance to see Kenny again on a few occasions since our first meeting in 1993, and each time, I was truly humbled at his kind words about our work at the Banff Center."

The Accidental Tourist series is a concept based on an idea by Cibelle Burger who co-produced the album with Markus Burger. 

Markus Burger’s Accidental Tourists:
Markus Burger, piano
Jan von Klewitz, alto sax
Kenny Wheeler, fluegelhorn
Norma Winstone, soprano
Martin Gjakonovski, bass
Felix Astor, drums
Stefan Lottermann, trombone
Movement 1 - Lake Louise             
(Solos by Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Martin Gjakonovski)
Movement 2 - La Palette Café  
(Solo by Stefan Lotterman)
Movement 3 - Sulphur Mountain  
Movement 4 – Muirhead     (Solos; Felix Astor, Markus Burger, Kenny Wheeler)
Movement 5 -  Sure I remember 
(Markus Burger, Norma Winstone)
Coda The Trout in the Bath Tub & The mighty Bow 
(Solos by Jan von Klewitz, Markus Burger)
Composers:  Jan von Klewitz Movement 1-4, Markus Burger Movement 5 and Coda 1,2 3
Mastering: James Linahon

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