Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Although he's often pigeonholed as a cool alto saxophonist--one of great facility, mind you--this description still seems to ignore Lee Konitz's endless curiosity and ambition. This dense and daring nonet exemplifies Konit... more »
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Although he's often pigeonholed as a cool alto saxophonist--one of great facility, mind you--this description still seems to ignore Lee Konitz's endless curiosity and ambition. This dense and daring nonet exemplifies Konitz's creative urges, packed as it is with standout players (Jimmy Knepper and Ronnie Cuber lead the pack), complex yet vibrant arrangements, and diverse material. Each member of the four-brass, two-reed frontline gets to flex their bop muscles on Charlie Parker's "Chi-Chi," while Konitz and baritonist Cuber run through some challenging tandem lines over the bubbling harmonics of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps." Sam Burtis's tuba gives punch to the arrangement on the blues "Who You," while on "Struttin' with Some Barbecue," Konitz looses the crew on collective improvisation that would make Louis grin. --Marc Greilsamer
One of the Greatest jazz album ever!
Leif Wikfeldt | Gothenburg, Sweden | 10/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This would be one of my "isolated island" records, if i ever end up on one! I was originally interested in this because of the appearence of Ronnie Cuber, who's always been one of my favorite jazz musicians, and on this album he surely burns! The same applies to Lee Konitz himself (who I haven't listened that closely to before) and reatively unknown names like John Eckert. I forgot the other trumpet player's name. It is Joe Shepley? Ayway, the rhythm section is excellent with Kenny Washington on the drums. I can recommend this album to everyone interested in jazz!!"