Although John Coltrane was a primary inspiration, Chicago tenorist/sopranoist Brad Wheeler has honed his Coltrane-influenced tone into a thing of beauty all his own. His exquisite diminuendos as the tone evenly fades away demonstrate a control rarely encountered with today’s saxophonists. And his sound is smooth and even throughout his instrument’s full range, which he uses liberally. Wheeler also possesses a masterful technique with which to negotiate the Coltrane-inspired scales and runs he sometimes employs. But often he opts for a more relaxed, reflective approach or a sprightly dancing swing as dictated by the tempos and moods of his lyrical compositions.
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