Grace Kelly: GRACEfulLEE (2008)
GraceFulLee is Kelly's fourth CD and she is in great form, accompanied by a veteran rhythm section consisting of guitarist Russell Malone, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Matt Wilson. Fellow alto saxophonist Lee Konitz was intended as a guest on a few numbers, but they enjoyed playing together so much, he ended up staying for the entire date. Kelly proves herself by negotiating Konitz's tricky "Subconscious Lee" (an early reworking of "What is This Thing Called Love"), a cool rendition of the veteran's "Thingin'" (inspired by "All the Things You Are") and the title track, a loping jazz waltz and joint effort. Kelly has an appreciation for standards, highlighted by her emotional take of "You Don't Know What Love Is," and there are also several delightful free improvisations: one with Konitz, another with Wilson and a final one with the full band. She also shines in her duets with Malone and Reid. No mere flash in the pan, Grace Kelly is here to stay.
Track Listing: Subconscious Lee; Just Friends; GRACEfulLEE; You Don't Know What Love Is; Alone Together; Buzzing Around; Thingin'; Call of the Spirits; NY at Noon.
Personnel: Grace Kelly: alto saxophone; Lee Konitz: alto saxophone; Russell Malone: electric guitar; Rufus Reid: bass; Matt Wilson: drums.
Record Label: Pazz Productions