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More Live-Lee by Lee Konitz with Alan Broadbent

Lee Konitz and Alan Broadbent: Two craftsmen from different jazz generations united by an emphasis on exploration rather than emotion. The result is inventive music that creates its own brand of excitement. Their common influence is Lenny Tristano. Konitz has a distinctive dry sound and, like Paul Desmond but unlike most altoists from the fifties, his approach is decidedly un-Birdlike. Broadbent brings empathy to the duo situation, developed by extensive experience as an accompanist. His punctuation is incredible.

This CD follows "Live-Lee" and comes from the same performances at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles during October 2000. The duo is a perfect fit whether they're probing the creative Konitz originals or making some very-often-played standards very much their own. These include at least two or three that are strongly associated with "definitive" performances (I'm sure you can guess them). No cliches. Pure inventiveness. "Body and Soul" starts outside and goes on from there. Broadbent shines on "How Deep is the Ocean"with an opening melodic variation and a beautiful solo. An understated "You Go To My Head" finds him completely on his own. Konitz also is unaccompanied as he delivers his own "Nothin." There's seven minutes of "Invitation"that grabbed me from start to finish and I don't even like the song!

You'll find the liner notes very informative. Bill Kirchner, who studied with Konitz and has played duets with Broadbent, wrote them and they match the quality of the music.

The only crowd noise on this CD was brief applause after some of the songs. That may be due to engineering but given the magic generated by this session, I suspect respect.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lee Konitz with Alan Broadbent
  • CD Title: More Live-Lee
  • Genre: Cool Jazz
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Milestone
  • Rating: Five Stars
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