Barney Wilen Quintet - Passione (Japanese edition)
Barney Wilen Quintet - Passione (Japanese edition)
Barney Wilen Quintet - Passione (Japanese edition)
Barney Wilen Quintet - Passione (Japanese edition)

Barney Wilen Quintet - Passione (Japanese edition)

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Barney Wilen, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring Barney Wilen]

Enrico Rava, trumpet

Alain Jean-Marie, piano

Gilles Naturel, bass

Philippe Soirat, drums


1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”

Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix Stereo


Record Press :  Japanese pressing

Label :  Venus

Original Label :  

Recorded at Acoustic Studios in Paris On July 12, 13, 14, 15, 1995

Recorded & Mixed by Jean-Marc Pinaud

Produced by Tetsuo Hara

Remastered by Tetsuo Hara and Toshiko Aida

Originally released in 1996

Reissued in 2021


Tracks :

Side A:

  1. My Ship
  2. Jitterbug Waltz
  3. Passione


Side B:

  1. I Cover The Waterfront
  2. Venetian Rumba
  3. Estate
  4. Line For Lyons


Reviews :

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 10 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.


Ratings :

Discogs 3.91/5

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