The Dutch piano trio led by Guss Jenssen adds alto saxophonist and countryman Jorrit Dijkstra for this tribute to Lee Konitz. Actually, to be precise, this is a tribute to the music of Lee Konitz.
Not the Lee Konitz of this century, with his polished elder statesman tone, nor the cool leanings of his collaborations with Miles Davis and Gil Evans. This live recording from 2001 is both a backwards look to Konitz’s collaboration with pianist Lennie Tristano and a forward prediction of what might happen if Lennie were still around for a reunion gig.
Tristano’s craftsmanship (while Konitz was ...read more
The recent past has witnessed a spate of tribute albums, many with little heart and no soul. Now comes another, all the way from Holland. This one stands tall, propped by a band that does not wallow in flattery but brings in enough fresh ideas to make listening a rewarding experience. Forgive them for calling themselves Sound-Lee... another pun in the life of Lee Konitz probably won’t hurt!
The selections home in on the bebop and free improvisation sides of Konitz. The one original is called, brace for it, “Near-Lee.” Built over a funky opening vamp, Dijkstra takes it over ...read more