Lee Konitz Quintet – Konitz: Figure & Spirit (1977/2018)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 49:18 minutes | 3,89 GB
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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 New York 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.
01 – Figure and Spirit
02 – Dream Stepper
03 – Smog Eyes
04 – April
05 – Without You Man
06 – Dig It
07 – Feather Bed [Bonus Track]
Lee Konitz – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Ted Brown – tenor saxophone
Albert Dailey – piano
Rufus Reid – bass
Joe Chambers – drums
Produced by Gus P. Statiras. Engineered by Fred Miller.
Recorded on October 20, 1976 at The Downtown Sound Studio, NYC.
2xHD Mastering: René Laflamme. 2xHD Executive Producer: André Perry.