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Alto saxophone jazz master Lee Konitz teams up with pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington for his first-ever release on Impulse!, Frescalalto. The quartet covers jazz standards and breathes new life into works such as "Stella By Starlight," "Body and Soul," and more. The album will be released digitally on February 10. This quartet contains a fascinating intersecting history: Forty years ago, Kenny Washington made his recording debut playing with Konitz on his 1977 LP, Lee Konitz Nonet. The two performed together again on 1992's Jazz Nocturne, which also featured Impulse! recording artist and pianist Kenny Barron. Furthermore, over the decades, Kenny Washington and Peter Washington (no relation) made up one of New York City's distinguished jazz rhythm sections, performing frequently with Barron and other jazz greats.
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Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer 'Decade' makes jazztrail: best 30 jazz albums of 2018
Having first performed together in 2007, acclaimed Jazz musicians Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer join forces to release their Sophomore duo album,'Decade, on Verve Records. Decade' marks ten years since the duo's first and only release together in 2008, the critically acclaimed,'Duos with Lee, lending to its title. Having spent the intermittent years individually touring across North Ame...
A look back at the Lee Konitz Quartet playing The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival / JazzPolice
For those who are looking forward to warmer weather and outdoor jazz festivals, here's a look back at two of the best of 2017's mid-sized festivals in New York. These festivals, attended by hundreds and even thousands, brought high-quality music to the public, and made jazz more accessible to fans in the New York tri-state area. The 25th Charlie Parker Jazz Festival took place from August 23 to 27, with ...
Lee Konitz birthday celebration at Kennedy Center couldn't have been any more expressive / DC Metro Theater Arts
It's NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz leading a quartet that includes George Schuller on drums, Jeremy Stratton on bass, and Dan Tepper on piano. And in his Kennedy Center's Birthday Celebration, Konitz couldn't have been any more expressive, or ready for flight. Nuanced, graceful, unhurried, and sublime are but a few of the descriptors that come to mind as I reflect on this exquisite evening ...
WBGO reprises Piano Jazz with Lee Konitz
A former member of the Miles Davis "Famous Nonet," Lee Konitz is the foremost saxophonist in the cool style of jazz. He is also a composer, arranger and teacher. While his very first instrument was a clarinet, he favored tenor sax and then made his way to alto. What's more, he plays the piano! On this 1992 Piano Jazz, Konitz and host Marian McPartland combine forces for a version of "Like Someone In ...
Lee Konitz returns to where it all began, on Frescalalto / Blogfoolk review
The artistic stature and experience of Lee Konitz are certainly not a mystery; in seventy years of his career, the American musician, has gone through a substantial interlude of jazz history and beyond, working with Stan Kenton, Lennie Tristano, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea and many more ... A list substantially infinite which has its distant origins in the mid-forties...
Lee Konitz - Frescalalto / Jazz Weekly review
One of the last living proto-boppers and cools schoolers, alto saxist Lee Konitz teams up with an all-star rhythm section of Kenny Barron/p, Peter Washington/b and Kenny Washington/dr for some vintage bop and a few surprises. Of the latter, Konitz now adds wordless vocals to his repertoire, and songs along on a hip "Out of Nowhere" as well as on "Darn That Dream" that has Barron throw hip...
Lee Konitz - Frescalalto / anima jazz review
Alto saxophone jazz master Lee Konitz teams up with pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington for his first-ever release on Impulse!, Frescalalto. The quartet covers jazz standards and breathes new life into works such as "Stella By Starlight," "Body and Soul," and more. The album will be released digitally on February 10. This quartet contains a fascinating intersecting...
Lee Konitz - Frescalalto / theguardian review
Not many jazz improvisers manage to remain inquisitive, unpredictable, uncategorisable and entertaining throughout a six-decade career, but the 89-year-old Chicagoan alto saxophonist Lee Konitz is a momentous exception.This straight-ahead set is predominantly a vehicle for the fine pianist Kenny Barron's trio, with Konitz leaning in for some characteristically pungent sax propositions and asides, and som...
Lee Konitz - Frescalalto / JazzTrail review
Prolific alto saxophonist and composer Lee Konitz has always fought to sound distinct from everyone else. Carefully dodging Parker's bop clichés, he was at Miles Davis' side for The Birth Of The Cool and recorded with the pianist Lennie Tristano, a big influence in his approach to improvisation. Throughout his nearly 70-year career, Konitz himself has been highly influential in the way o...
Lee Konitz in good company on Frescalalto / WBGO - Take Five
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust couldn't have been thinking about the chord changes to "Cherokee" when he first articulated this idea, writing in France a century ago. But his point feels perfectly suited to the example of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, who at 89 is still extracting fresh insight from familiar places, as he proves ...