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Lee Konitz
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Lee Konitz
Title: Rhapsody
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Label: Evidence
Release Date: 5/16/1995
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Cool Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 730182211726

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Konitz in exploratory mood
N. Dorward | Toronto, ON Canada | 07/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Konitz's liking for unusual and challenging company leads to a particularly rewarding set of performances on this disc. No two tracks share the same personnel; the album basically alternates between Konitz-and-vocalist tracks (with singers Helen Merrill, Judy Niemack & Jay Clayton) and highly abstract improvisations (either completely "free" or just very far-out themeless takes on standard changes). One memorable track has Konitz & Gerry Mulligan playing free jazz; another has a charming scat duo with Clark Terry; but the real meat of the album is in the 20-minute exploration of the chord-changes to "All the Things You Are" with Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley & Gary Peacock, and the 13-minute improvisation on "I Hear a Rhapsody"'s changes by Konitz + the Paul Motian Trio, in which Konitz & Joe Lovano whimsically switch back and forth between various horns.The tempos & mood of this album are mostly reflective & autumnal, but the music is also peculiarly astringent & experimental. The rhapsody of the vocal tracks is matched by the more private dialogues of the instrumentals. Demanding but rewarding, this is an essential Konitz album."