Lee Konitz - Ohad Talmor String Project: Inventions (2006)
Konitz's large phraseology looms as the primary voice, while Talmor wears many hats, given his polytonal and multi-register reed voicings. Gentle passages are interspersed with the string quartet's variable modulations and staccato flurries. On "Moon, the strings inject a slice of Americana that coyly evolves into an avant-garde chamber motif. With "Chunks, Konitz's ethereal lines ride atop a walking, strutting groove. In other areas, the musicians engage in bump and grind movements and sprightly trad-jazz vamps.
Pleasing to the ears, heart and mind, Inventions should enjoy widespread appeal on various modern-jazz related fronts. And of course this outing presents yet another view of Konitz' multi-phased career, where rigid dictums or guiding principles aren't always a means to the end.
Track Listing: Qu'est-ce que C'est?; Pretty Peace; Moon; Lied im Herzen; General Cluster; Chunks; FeeBeMe; Alone in Cologne; Struttin with Some Barbeque.
Personnel: Lee Konitz: alto saxophone; Ohad Talmor: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, arranger; Spring String Quartet: Christian Wirth, Marcus Wall: violin; Julian Gillesberger: viola; Stephan Punderlitschek: cello.
Record Label: OmniTone