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Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian: Live at Birdland

Read "Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian: Live at Birdland" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian

Live at Birdland

ECM Records

2011

The tunes are familiar, Great American Songbook and jazz standards all. So for those unfamiliar with the names involved in this quartet outing, the old complaint of “same old same old" could surface. But with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz at the top of ...

Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian: Live at Birdland

Read "Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian: Live at Birdland" reviewed by John Kelman

Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian

Live at Birdland

ECM Records

2011

Grist for what seems like an endless flow of recordings, The Great American Songbook has, ultimately, become as much a crutch as it is an inspiration. There's no denying the staying power of music that's near-Jungian in its collective familiarity, but if an ...