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Take Five With Scott Lee

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Meet Scott Lee:Scott Lee switched from a career in tennis at UNC-CH to jazz, after hearing the Bill Evans Trio. Arriving in NY in the '70s, he worked with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, Red Rodney, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Andy Statman, Chris Conner, Morgana King, Helen Merrill, Betty Buckley, and Anita O'Day. In the orchestral world, he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the world premiere of Charles Ives' “Universe Symphony." Scott has three CDs as leader/composer: With Ease, One Though, and Leaving. He has finished his ...

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Scott Lee: Leaving

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Scott Lee is a bassist who sports a persuasive compositional pen. An educator, session ace, and solo artist, Lee and his constituents impart a highly-rhythmic slant on the progressive-jazz vernacular amid a few intermittent nods to the avant-garde spectrum throughout Leaving. His quartet instills a rite of passage, chocked full of nifty theme-building exercises, intriguing harmonic propositions and the swing element. The redeeming values of “Two Ways" are symmetrically balanced in a heady, odd-metered take on jazz-funk. With snappy choruses by pianist Gary Versace and saxophonist Billy Drewes, this piece imparts an amiable storyline. The quartet ...

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Scott Lee: Leaving

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One word album titles often invite a lot questions about intent and direction. What exactly is bassist Scott Lee leaving behind? The answer is: nothing, and a little bit of everything at the same time. Lee is no newcomer on the scene and, for the past decade, he and his musical cohorts have been working out ideas on how to expand improvisational possibilities. While some people find it challenging enough to improvise over a given form, this quartet makes it their mission to do so with ease, while also improvising the form itself. This type of concept ...

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Scott Lee: Leaving

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Maybe te annual jazz awards need to add a new category for musicians like Scott Lee. It could be titled “master musicians deserving of wider recognition." The veteran bassist has been on the New York scene since the 1970s, and a member of numerous bands including those led by titans Chet Baker, Joe Lovano, and, Kenny Werner. He has also been a sympathetic contributor to the careers of Loren Stillman and Andrew Rathbun. With Leaving, his followup to One Thought (SteepleChase, 2008), he dispatches a recording that blurs the lines between the compositions written and improvised.It would be ...

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The Scott Lee Quartet / The Jeff Williams Quintet: With Ease / Jazzblues

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Hard Bop/Post Bop. Cathexis records has released two collections of crashing, banging, squealing Hard/Post Bop Jazz. Bassist Scott Lee and Drummer Jeff Williams lead quartet and quintet combos respectively. This is music that owes much to and extends the language created by Miles Davis’ ‘60s quintet. The music on both is thoughtful and controlled without ever being boring or contrived. Percussion is the name of the game and it is fine through out. Music like this displays the importance of Tony Williams. Superbly conceived and recorded.

Track Listing (With Ease):In the Brightness; Blue eyes; With Ease; Solo Bass for Andy ...



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