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LEE KONITZ Live At The Village Vanguard

Lee Konitz

Enja Records
CD: ENJ95422

"Live At The Village Vanguard"


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The association between Lee Konitz and Trio Minsarah dates back quite some years. It started in Cologne, Germany where Lee lived for close to 20 years. He met pianist Florian Weber (Germany), bassist Jeff Denson (USA) and drummer Ziv Ravitz (Israel) at concerts in Cologne and was immediately won over by them. The four of them worked on and off in both Europe and the U.S. and recorded their first quartet CD “Deep Lee” (ENJ-9517 2) in Brooklyn. Lee soon felt that he had found simply perfect and exciting partners for his music – partners that made him step out of his routine and take a fresh look at well known material he had improvised on all his life.

Lee had played the Village Vanguard for the last time in 1983 before his hiatus to Europe. An indication how important this new Village Vanguard engagement was for him is the fact that for this date he had his old alto saxophone from Tristano days completely renovated by his lifelong saxophone doctor in Chicago. Lee holds that this uncompromising, completely personal recording is a high point in his long career. He was so happy about the great “welcome home” the New York press and the enthusiastic audience at the Vanguard gave him.

“Besides making elegant use of Konitz’s alto, the group’s music is richly textured and often wonderfully evocative, a celebration of cultural diversity and thematic exploration.”
Washington Post

Track Listing:
1. Cherokee 5.41 2. Subconscious-Lee 8.57 3. I Remember You 10.52 4. Polka Dots and Moonbeams 6.07 5. Color 6.13 6. Kary’s Trance 8.56 7. Thingin’ 11.37

Lee Konitz - alto saxophone; with Minsarah (Florian Weber - piano; Jeff Denson - bass; Ziv Ravitz - drums)
Recorded on 31 March and 1 April 2009 at the Village Vanguard, New York, USA


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