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Warne Marsh & Lee Konitz: Two Not One

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Warne Marsh & Lee Konitz Two Not One Storyville 2009

The cumulative impression of this four-disc reissue of sets tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz recorded in the 1970s is one of exceptional creativity. Both men were and are masters of the art of never repeating themselves and a set of this scope really brings the point home.

By this stage in their respective careers it was in many ...


Album Review

Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz: Two Not One

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In 1975, the members of a musical appreciation society called The Danish Jazz Exchange clubbed together to bring their two favorite American improvisers, Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz, to their homeland. They then listened in rapt attention as the saxophonists played a series of concerts at Montmartre, then Copenhagen's premier jazz venue. The shadow of blind pianist/teacher Lennie Tristano, with whom Marsh and Konitz studied in the 1950s, and who was to die three years after these tracks were cut, ...


Album Review

Warne Marsh Quartet: Ne Plus Ultra

Read "Ne Plus Ultra" reviewed by Brad Glanden

As a protégé of Lennie Tristano in the late 1940s and early 1950s, tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh learned lessons that shaped his playing until his death in 1987. He has inspired a cult following among musicians, particularly saxophonists seeking an alternative to the John Coltrane approach, and Ne Plus Ultra fully justifies his status as a legend of the cool school.

Recorded in 1969 with a thoroughly rehearsed ensemble, the date finds Marsh exploring conventional forms with precision and depth. ...


Album Review

Warne Marsh Quartet: Ne Plus Ultra

Read "Ne Plus Ultra" reviewed by Nic Jones

The passing of time has done nothing to reduce the singularity of Warne Marsh's art, and this set, recorded at the end of the 1960s, is an excellent working definition. Marsh was always a musician for whom points of reference in terms of influences were never helpful. To say, for example, that he shared a certain afinity with Lester Young is to overlook the wholesale differences in their musical worlds.

The same can be said for any reliance Marsh might ...


Wide Open Jazz and Beyond

Warne Marsh

Read "Warne Marsh" reviewed by Peter Madsen

One of my first great musical experiences in New York happened shortly after I had arrived here in 1980. I was rehearsing once a week with a band co-led by trumpeter Manny Duran and singer Carla White up in Breton Hall on 86th street and Broadway. During one of the rehearsals a shy thin gray haired man with a goatee walked in the room with a tenor saxophone and began to play with us. We were playing something like Tad ...


Album Review

Warne Marsh: An Unsung Cat: The Life and Music of Warne Marsh

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As a companion piece to the book by Safford Chamberlain of the same name, this CD traces the musical life of Warne Marsh, the brilliant Tenor Saxophonist, from 1945 to 1987. We see Marsh as an 18 year old echoing the style of the Hawkins/Webster generation to one imbued with the spirit of Charlie Parker in a metamorphosis of incredible beauty.

Apple Honey (1945-46) This is a tape from a radio broadcast of the Hoagy Carmichael ...


Album Review

Warne Marsh: An Unsung Cat the Life and Music of Warne Marsh

Read "An Unsung Cat the Life and Music of Warne Marsh" reviewed by Dave Nathan

This Storyville release compiles both released and unreleased material by Warne Marsh made over a 42-year period. The album is an adjunct to a book of the same name by Safford Chamberlain who contributed the informative liner notes.

Marsh's style and technique are reminiscent of Paul Desmond's cool alto. Like his personality, Marsh's playing is self effacing and laid back. A student of jazz innovator Lennie Tristano, there are two cuts on this album where Marsh is joined by fellow ...


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