Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lee Konitz - Motion

Lee Konitz's name may not trigger the household recognition that other jazz icons command, but it should. Although the alto saxophonist was a contemporary of Charlie Parker's, Konitz developed his own airy horn style early on and remained true to his sound throughout an era dominated by Parker and his disciples. He still performs to this day, and his recent stuff still sounds fresh.
But he was arguably at his best on Motion, which sprung from a star-studded 1961 recording session with drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Sonny Dallas. Jones lies low on this one. Although the fiery drummer will forever be associated with the high-octane support he provided John Coltrane during the 1960s, he sounds subdued here. He smolders rather than burns, but still supplies an agitated tempo that suggests he may combust at any moment. Meanwhile, the seldom-appreciated Dallas bobs and weaves throughout the album, delivering a propulsive, pounding bass backdrop that keeps his colleagues slightly off-balance throughout the disc. He almost steals the show. Almost. Because Konitz, of course, never for a second loosens his grip on the reigns of this trio. It's his set, after all, and his breezy reed work dominates the disc, in spite of his powerful rhythm section. This amazing mid-career volley attests to Konitz's innovative sound and ideas. Fans anticipating tried and true covers of the crowd-pleasing warhorses "All of Me" or "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" won't find them here. Instead, Konitz strips those two songs down to their musical skeletons, converting them into minimalist, noir-ish hymns.
A few years ago, Verve distributed this long-out-of-print session as part of a pricey 3-CD set, full of alternate takes and "bonus" sidebar material. That brand of packaging is aimed at jazz aficionados who have been conditioned to believe overkill is mandatory in reissues. Now Motion is back in its original form, proving that Konitz's tight knit group got it right the first time the album was released. Less was — and remains — more.
Jeff Hinkle

Source :

Lee Konitz
(Verve Elite Edition)


Cd. 1

1 I Remember you (Schertzinger, Mercer)  4:27
2 All of Me (Marks, Simons)  7:37
3 Foolin' Myself (Tinturin, Lawrence)  7:02
4 You'd be So Nice to Come Home To (Porter)  10:45
False start - Breakdown - Master take
5 I'll remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  8:01
6 You Don't Know What Love Is (DePaul, Raye)  6:46
7 These Foolish Things (Link, Strachey, Marvell)  9:39
8 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  8:09
9 It's You or no One (Styne, Cahn)  7:48


Cd. 2

1 I Remember You (Schertzinger, Mercer)  1:35
[rehearsal take]
2 I Remember You (Schertzinger, Mercer)  1:18
[rehearsal take]
3 I Remember You (Schertzinger, Mercer)  4:57
4 I Remember You (Schertzinger, Mercer)  4:52
5 I Remember You (Schertzinger, Mercer)  4:12
6 You Don't Know What Love Is (DePaul, Raye)  5:02
Breakdown - Complete take
7 It's all Right with Me (Porter)  6:06
8 Foolin' Mysel (Tinturin, Lawrence)  6:04
9 Just Friends (Klenner, Lewis)  3:28
10 It's You or No One (Styne, Cahn)  5:19
11 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  6:04
12 My Melancholy Baby (Burnett, Norton)  4:34
13 Imagination (VanHeusen, Burke)  5:13
False start - Complete take
14 That Old Feeling (Brown, Fain)  6:02
15 All the Things You Are (Kern, Hammerstein)  6:00


Cd. 3

1 (Back Home Again in) Indiana (Hanley, MacDonald)  5:04
2 Alone Together (Schwartz, Dietz)  7:58
3 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:26
4 I'm Gettin' Sentimental over You (Bassman, Washington)  4:13
5 I'm Gettin' Sentimental over You (Bassman, Washington)  4:14
6 Pennies from Heaven (Johnston, Burke)  8:39
7 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  6:29
8 There Will Never Be Another You (Warren, Gordon)  4:06
9 What's New ? (Haggart, Burke)  6:32
10 Everything Happens to Me (Dennis, Adair)  4:38
11 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, Lemare, Tobias)  2:47
12 You'd be so Nice to Come Home To (Porter)  4:01
13 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Young)  5:25
14 I'm Gettin' Sentimental over You (Bassman, Washington)  4:13


Lee Konitz - as
Sonny Dallas - b
Elvin Jones - dr [Cd. 1]
Nick Stabulas - dr [other selections]

Recorded at Olmsted Sound Studios, New York City ; August 17, [Cd. 2, #1-14]  ;  August 21, [Cd. 2, #15 ; & Cd. 3] ; & August 29 [Cd. 1], 1961


rowland said...

very nice.
Thank you.

5 cents said...

Thank you Mel. I had only part of this...and at 160k. Lovely upgrade. Cheers. b

glinka21 said...

Thanks, Mel. Always room for more Konitz, especially this seldom-heard release.

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias.

john said...

Thank you; I've long admired the original version of the disc and look forward to hearing all the other material.

hcb said...

brilliant. thanks!

dantzig65 said...

Only here!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thanks a lot

nogrub said...

Hi Mel, these are wonderful, thanks
many times. Roger

pedro gamundi said...


jb said...

Solid. Thank you.

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Great x 1000 ! Lee's always been so classy and original. Thanks Mel.

roberth said...

thanks for the konitz i had cd1 but not 2 and 3.
once from a local library i got a lp by lee konitz which was
a music minus one thing. but some of the tracks had lee overdubbing mulitple sax parts
i copied to cassette. ilove that recording. but i lost the cassette. have u ever heard of this? do you have it?
thanks and i am glad the blog is open again.

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

g0llum said...

Hi Melanchton, thanks a lot for this share. Would you be kind enough to share again the artworks and CD2 and CD3 which are not available anymore ... :-( Thanks !

Anonymous said...

Hi it would be so nice if you could re-up the 2 and 3!

Anonymous said...

Hi Melanchthon, thanks for all your good works. This is a re-up request for the whole Verve Elite edition (including CDs 2 and 3). Please and thank you.

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

My youth!Thank you MM!

Starchild said...

Thanks again Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Wow. Really cool to get the full 3 CD set. Thank you so much!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thanks, thanks & Mel

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for this gem, Mel!