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Warne Marsh/Lee Konitz Quintet: Live at the Montmarte Club

After a separation of over 20 years, it’s hard to believe that-with only a couple of weeks working together in England and Europe-Marsh and Konitz were able to weave the kind of intense magic they do here. Recorded in Copenhagen in December 1975 with fellow Tristano associates Peter Ind (bass) and Al Levitt (drums) plus British guitarist Dave Cliff, the two hornmen renew ties forged in the late ’40s when they began studying, working, and recording with Lennie Tristano, whose influence is very much present on such intricate, hard-swinging tunes as his “Two Not One” and “April,” one of the two bonus tracks not on the original 1977 Storyville LP. Konitz the composer is represented by three tunes, one of them the flagwaving “Kary’s Trance,” which opens. Simply stunning music, further enhanced by this gold Ultradisc II, which has the sonic purity we’ve come to expect of Mobil Fidelity’s high-end releases.

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