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Dan Tepfer on Lee Konitz

Today’s top jazz performers pick 10 favorite tracks by the players, singers and styles that helped define them.

Dan Tepfer
Lee Konitz

Lee Konitz started recording in 1945 and he’s still going strong today. He appears on hundreds of records, with an incredibly wide array of musical associates. Lee was unique from the get-go: His tone and phrasing are as instantly recognizable on his recordings from the ’40s as they are now. I’m fortunate that I’ve gotten to play regularly with Lee over the past four years; here are some tracks of his that have struck me along the way.

“Marshmallow”
Subconscious-Lee (Prestige, 1950)

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