I have mentioned before that I like to listen to music while falling asleep, and I find that albums put out by European label ECM often provide a soft musical pillow. ECM has possibly produced more drummerless sessions than any other record company. One such effort is Kenny Wheeler’s Angel Song, featuring Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, and Dave Holland. These powerhouses of jazz seem to fall under the spell of Kenny’s austere compositions, subsuming their otherwise strong musical personalities to create a meditative mood.
Update: This theme is also titled “For H.” on Kenny’s album Music for Large and Small Ensembles, released a few years earlier.