Monday, June 13, 2016

Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh at the Half Note

The music on this two-CD set has a strange history. Pianist Lennie Tristano had a rare reunion with altoist Lee Konitz and tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh (his two greatest "students") during an extended stay at the Half Note in 1959. Tristano took Tuesday nights off to teach and Bill Evans was his substitute, but the pianist had a couple of those performances recorded for posterity. While listening to his tapes years later, he was so impressed with Marsh's playing that he sent edited versions (comprised entirely of the tenor man's solos) to Marsh, and somehow they ended up being released in that form by the Revelation label. In 1994, the unedited music was finally issued by Verve ; the consistently exciting playing by Konitz, Marsh, and Evans (with backup by bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Paul Motian) makes one wonder what took so long. They perform a dozen extended standards (or "originals" based on the chord changes of familiar tunes) with creativity and inspiration. In fact, of all the Konitz-Marsh recordings, this set ranks near the top.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Lee Konitz
Live at the Half Note


Cd. 1

1 Palo Alto (Konitz)  9:13
2 How About You ? (Freed, Lane)  9:15
3 My Melancholy Baby (Burnett, Norton)  6:54
4 Scrapple from the Apple (Parker)  7:53
5 You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown, Kahn)  7:39
6 317 East 32nd Street (Tristano)  7:44


Cd. 2

1 April (Tristano)  8:44
2 It's You or No One (Cahn, Styne)  8:09
3 Just Friends (Klenner, Lewis)  5:40
4 Baby, Baby All the Time (Troup)  8:31
5 Lennie-Bird (Tristano)  8:39
6 Subconscious Lee (Konitz)  7:41


Lee Konitz - as
Warne Marsh - ts
Bill Evans - p
Jimmy Garrison - b
Paul Motian - dr

Recorded at the Half Note, New York City ; February 24 and possibly March 3, 1959


wightdj said...

Truly a SUPER band, thanks for sharing.

Crimhead420 said...


green said...

Yippee! Thank you Melanchthon for this awesome post. This one is truly a great album.

friday817 said...

Thank you for this wonderful music.

Otis Foster said...

What a nice present. Thanks so much, Melanchthon.

lcbriza said...

Thanks for the sharing.

jazzlover said...

Other day I was looking for this Konitz work,great surprise for me.
It's wonderful set, thank you Mel !

BlueNote97 said...

Ça me fait beaucoup de plaisir!!!

Kovina Kris said...

Wow! How did I miss this one? Thank you very much. I have heard about this one and it was right here all the time!

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for this marvellous 2CD set

Historicus said...

Great, many thanks!

Arewenotmen? said...

Mais où va t'il chercher tout ça ?!?

Grand merci !

Mike said...

Looks like a keeper! Great lineup. Thank you.

Tarara Bumdiay said...

Great stuff. Many thanks.

The Jackal said...


Great piece of history.

Thanks always

Todd Earl Winkels Van Buskirk said...

I really appreciate the share, thanks a million!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You