Who needs drums when you don’t even notice they’re not there. Kenny Wheeler composes such rich in-depth songs with artists who cast you into a spell, it actually makes it sound as if you hear some cymbals in the background. Dave Holland’s spectacular double bass playing does exactly that.
On this particular piece both Wheeler and Chris Potter play off each other beautifully, add John Taylor’s piano and you have magic.
This native Balkan (born in Yugoslavia) life started out horridly as you’ll read in his Bio. He went to hell and back determined to not only become a musician but faced prison to perform. He wanted to master and craft the trumpet of his heroes Satchmo & Roy Eldridge.
He finally got to live his dream playing with the greats of the 50s – Chet Baker, Stan Getz, then Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins and more in the 60s. He was a part of the orchestra’s of Kenny Clarke, Woody Herman & Maynard Ferguson.
Playing both Trumpet & Flugelhorn in 1966 he produced his first album Swinging Macedonia as leader, it’s been 2 years since his last in 2011. Gojković is 82 years old.
Just goes to show you how the passion of music wills your spirit to live. In Gojković’s words “Jazz is Freedom” stated beautifully and he’s done it proud.
Chet’s signature song and nobody sang it as tenderly. His trumpet and his accompaniment on the song ain’t too bad either. Chet had a way making women fall in love with not only his muse but him and this performance shows the reason why. Just at the point where he goes into “With My Heart” he had me.
So Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovers out there.
One absolutely beautiful song so get lost for a while.