Lee Konitz (who turned 80 just three weeks after this recording) was a key figure in the innovations of 1949 that became known as the birth of the "cool school." Over the decades, Konitz stayed true to his cool message: a mobile magician of the saxophone inventing new melodic lines on the spot, again and again and again. Half a century later, three young students at Berklee College of Music found themselves in the process of forming an extraordinary trio: Minsarah (Hebrew for "prism"). Like a prism, this trio breaks up conventional structures to bring dramatic, lyrical, melodic, and rhythmic facets to the surface. The trio's pianist, Florian Weber, is a multi-award winner and a renowned classical player. American bass player Jeff Denson received the Berklee Outstanding Performer Award in 2002. Born in Israel, Ziv Ravitz was the house drummer at Tel Aviv's Camelot Jazz Club and a recipient of the Zildjian Scholarship Award in 2003. In 2006, the group received a German Record Critics Award for their outstanding self-titled album.