Another Shade Of Blue is the second release garnered from this trio’s Los Angeles performance recorded in concert by Blue Note at The Jazz Bakery. Unlike Alone Together, this one presents their mellower side, featuring a slow walking blues, several ballads, and one cool improvised standard. A little melodic change here, an inverted phrase there, alter the harmony but retain most of the chord structure, and what you’ve got is a cool bop "All Of Me" that’s as much fun as the original. Nothing’s automatic, though. The modern jazz fan studies this kind of situation repeatedly to understand it. While profound, this kind of piece still leaves plenty of room for the listener to dream on, enjoy the swinging lyricism, and simply "dig it" from start to finish.
Lee Konitz shares each warm melody with his audience while finding that Brad Mehldau and Charlie Haden appreciate the very same kind of approach in their work. The saxophonist shuns tradition as he starts "Body And Soul" in the middle of the tune. And yet, nothing about his program would indicate that standards and straightforward melodies aren’t at the core of Konitz’ work. The session remains accessible while allowing plenty of room for individual interpretations. Mehldau rips up the keyboard, never hesitating and full of confidence. Haden, particularly on "Another Shade of Blue," unveils his penchant for sharing a simple melody. As with Alone Together, this recommended album was recorded during their weeklong engagement at The Jazz Bakery, December 17-21, 1996. The room’s excellent acoustics provide a superb snapshot of the trio’s slow melodic mellower side.
Track Listing: Another Shade of Blue; Everything Happens to Me; What
Personnel: Lee Konitz- alto saxophone; Brad Mehldau- piano; Charlie Haden- bass.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.