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Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor Big Band : Portology

In truth, this is Portugal’s Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos with invited guests Konitz and Talmor. Konitz is the principal soloist, he and Talmor the co-composers except for Konitz’s classic “Sound Lee,” and Talmor the arranger. This project follows the related 2006 OmniTone releases of the String Project and the New Nonet, the latter’s performance in Porto, Portugal in 2004 precipitating the Orquestra’s invitation to write and arrange a big-band program devoted to the music of Konitz.

Konitz is superb here, completely engaged, immersed in the music and its possibilities, at one with the Orquestra. Talmor has written arrangements that fully complement Konitz and never overwhelm his characteristic dry, restrained sound and terse, unpredictable improvisations. Talmor is to Konitz what Gil Evans was to Miles.

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