Amazon.com Widgets

Lee Konitz: The Real Lee Konitz

By Published: | 4,578 views
No stars How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

The welcome reappearance of this disc should further cement Lee Konitz's reputation as one of the foremost improvisers of the last few decades.

His is a subtle art, calling attention less to his instrumental abilities (although these are considerable) than to the melodic possibilities of the song at hand. That is, he is a master at drawing out of the harmonic structure of a piece a seemingly endless stream of musical ideas, all of which he uses to create a mood that is coherent both within itself and in relation to the head.

Thus he was never charged, as were equally great improvisers on the scene in 1957 when this disc was recorded, with departing from the song he was playing into unrelated, uncharted land, or simply into incoherence. On the other hand, the "cool," in the too-often-applied sense of being unadventurous or unimaginative, label that was often applied to him was no less justified. Listen to these tunes closely, and you'll be overwhelmed by Konitz's improvisational ability. Always soft-spoken and quiet, never flashy, but always breathtaking in its continuity and melodic acumen.

Thanks to 32Jazz, all jazz fans can savor this early masterpiece by a great master.

Personnel:

Lee Konitz, as; Billy Bauer, g; Peter Ind, b; Dick Scott, d; Don Ferrara, tpt.

Track listing: Straightaway / Foolin' Myself / You Go to My Head / My Melancholy Baby / Pennies in Minor / Sweet and Lovely / Easy Livin' / Midway.

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


comments powered by Disqus
Search
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mark Elf

Mark Elf

About | Enter

Stefano Bollani

Stefano Bollani

About | Enter

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

About | Enter

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Bandzoogle: GET STARTED TODAY - FREE TRIAL

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

Article Search