Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lee Konitz in Harvard Square

You don't have to be a hard core fan to recognize that Konitz at his best is a wonderfully inspired improviser, and these '54-'55 recordings capture him in peak form. His phrasing, attack, and the beautiful flow of ideas will make believers out of any but those who just can't hear what he's after with that tone at all. The only problem I have with early Konitz is that his pianists-including demigod Lennie-often employed very predictable phrasing. Incongruously, these same pianists specialized as composers in pieces of spectacular rhythmic complexity. Much of Ronnie Ball's playing here, and his excellent "Ronnie's Tune" and "Froggy Day," are offered in evidence. Lee's "No Splices" and "Ablution" are also musical tongue twisters a la Tristano. Seven tracks feature Peter Ind and Jeff Morton, with Percy Heath and Al Levitt doing duty on three live tracks. Both bassists sound great, both drummers subsidiary. The live tracks show how hot this supposed iceberg could be, and may surprise listeners who do not know his spectacular Motion date with Elvin Jones.
Duck Baker

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Lee Konitz
In Harvard Square


1 No Splice (Konitz)  3:29
2 She's Funny That Way (Danield, Moret, Whiting)  2:45
3 Time on My Hands (Adamson, Gordon, Youmans)  2:35
4 Foolin' Myself (Lawrence, Tinturin)  2:35
5 Ronnie's Tune (Ball)  4:01
6 Froggy Day (Ball)  3:41
7 My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnson)  2:50
8 If I Had You (Campbell, Connelly, Shapiro)  11:14
9 Foolin' Myself [2nd Version] (Lawrence, Tinturin)  6:13
10 Ablution (Konitz)  5:08


Lee Konitz - as
Ronnie Ball - p

Peter Ind - b [# 1-7]
Jeff Morton - dr [# 1-7]
Percy Heath - b [# 8-10]
Al Levitt - dr [# 8-10]

Recorded in Boston ; April 1954 [# 1-7] ; & February 1955 [# 8-10]


Zape said...

Thank you Mel. You make my day! :-)

Orbyt said...

Sounds interesting, thank you Mel!

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rm said...

merci beaucoup

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ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks a lot for a bunch of Goodies.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel I was searching for this one.

neil said...

Thanks for the re-up, mel; missed this first time around...

tiritiuk said...

Love this guy!! Many Thanks.

fcapeau said...

Great classics ! It works as if 't was the first time. Many thanks.

Barron said...

Hi Mel,
Not sure what's happening with your Rapidshare account, or if other visitors to your blog are affected. Download speeds for your last three posts are 3.7kb/s, or about 18 hours each. They don't complete.

I don't think the problem is on my end. I've been downloading from other sites at 100Mb/s.

Just thought you ought to know.

Barron said...

Still trying to download this one. It appears the link is now well and truly broken. now takes the user to a photo of an offshore drilling platform.

Please re-up?

Barron said...

I assumed that the problem with the link was a temporary glitch, but it's not. This link is still broken.

Your newer links are working fine.

Baruch said...

Barron, the link works fine for me...

very very said...


iñak said...

Tu trabajo es Fenomenal, es una pena que los "amigos" de rapidshare hayan eliminado todos estos archivos de sus servidores! saludos

jazzcat1228 said...

I thought I had this one, but I can't find it. Very happy to have it again. Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

A nice upgrade to me.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!