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Lee Konitz Nonet: Old Songs New (Sunnyside)

The title might just as easily have been Old Freedoms Reimagined. Lee Konitz, who in 1949 as a member of the Lennie Tristano Quintet helped blaze the trail for free improvisation on the landmark “Intuition,” here explores a very different, but no less challenging, kind of freedom. Rather than creating spontaneously with no preset plan … Read More “Lee Konitz Nonet: Old Songs New (Sunnyside)”

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Free Kennedy Center Concert Honors 2017 NEA Jazz Masters

On Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., a free concert honoring the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This year’s award recipients include vocalist and producer Dee Dee Bridgewater, author and educator Ira Gitler, bassist and composer Dave Holland, keyboardist and … Read More “Free Kennedy Center Concert Honors 2017 NEA Jazz Masters”

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Lee Konitz/Dan Tepfer/Michael Jansch/Jeff Williams: First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1

Saxophone icon Lee Konitz, pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Michael Janisch and drummer Jeff Williams had never performed together before May 2010, when this disc was recorded live at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. It was an entirely “free” outing, as the liner notes tell us: “There was no rehearsal, plan, or preconceived notion … Read More “Lee Konitz/Dan Tepfer/Michael Jansch/Jeff Williams: First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1”

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Lee Konitz/Bill Frisell/Gary Peacock/Joey Baron : Enfants Terribles: Live At The Blue Note

Even by the high standards alto great Lee Konitz has set for spontaneously remaking songs we’ve heard a million times, this beautifully recorded live performance is brimming with invention and surprise. Much of that owes to the interplay between Konitz and guitarist Bill Frisell, whose framing or extension of the alto saxophonist’s spare inventions with … Read More “Lee Konitz/Bill Frisell/Gary Peacock/Joey Baron : Enfants Terribles: Live At The Blue Note”

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Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at Birdland

An early favorite for best live release of 2011, Live at Birdland documents extended improvisations on a half-dozen jazz and pop standards over two nights in December 2009. Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau had done something similar in Los Angeles more than a decade ago, resulting in a pair of albums. This time … Read More “Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at Birdland”

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Lee Konitz: New Nonet

At age 79, Lee Konitz remains a restlessly creative, eternally open-minded spirit. Nearly 60 years after playing a key role in Miles Davis’ landmark Birth of the Cool sessions and Lennie Tristano’s seminal free-jazz recordings, “Intuition” and “Digression,” Konitz is still remarkably spry and taking immense risks on the bandstand night after night. Two simultaneous … Read More “Lee Konitz: New Nonet”

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