Konitz: Figure & Spirit (Remastered) Lee Konitz Quintet

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Label: 2xHD

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Cool

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • 1Figure and Spirit06:16
  • 2Dream Stepper08:13
  • 3Smog Eyes07:17
  • 4April10:00
  • 5Without You Man05:19
  • 6Dig It04:40
  • 7Feather Bed07:00
  • Total Runtime48:45

Info for Konitz: Figure & Spirit (Remastered)

One of the most individual of all altoists (and one of the few in the 1950s who did not sound like a cousin of Charlie Parker), the cool-toned Lee Konitz has always had a strong musical curiosity, leading him to consistently take chances and stretch himself. This session, with Ted Brown, holds some pleasant surprises.

"Altoist Lee Konitz (who doubles on soprano) teams up with tenor saxophonist Ted Brown, pianist Albert Dailey, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Joe Chambers for this session. The six songs (originals based on standards by Konitz, Brown, and Lennie Tristano) were all performed in one take and although there are a few minor mistakes, the music is quite exciting and spontaneous. Brown was the best possible substitute for Wayne Marsh (Konitz's original choice for the record) and sounds in prime form. It's worth acquiring by fans of straight-ahead jazz, Lennie Tristano, and Lee Konitz." (Scott Yanow, AMG)

Lee Konitz, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Ted Brown, tenor saxophone
Albert Dailey, piano
Rufus Reid, bass
Joe Chambers, drums

Produced by Gus Statiras

Digitally remastered

Lee Konitz
was born October 13, 1927 in Chicago Illinois. Spanning the bebop to avant garde genres, altoist Konitz is best known as one of the pioneers of the “Cool Jazz” sound and for his role in the legendary “Birth of the Cool” album with Miles Davis. Konitz himself credited an early mentor, pianist Lennie Tristano with the seeds of that movement. Growing up listening to big bands, Konitz retained a distinctive sound apart from his good friend Charlie Parker and influenced Paul Desmond and Art Pepper. Konitz released his first album among many as leader in 1949, and performed with such artists as Stan Kenton in the 60s, Elvin Jones, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Ornette Coleman and others, becoming more experimental in his later career.

Booklet for Konitz: Figure & Spirit (Remastered)

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