Lee Konitz has always been one of the most truly versatile (alto) saxophonists in the history of jazz: he solos on the superb new Elvis Costello album North, he’s helmed a tribute to Billie Holliday (with strings) album, played straightahead cool bebop and engaged in complete free improvisation with iconic guitarist Derek Bailey. Here, on this session originally issued in 1982, he lovingly locks horns in a series of duets with the late Michel Petrucciani, a beautifully rhapsodic pianist (who, while not exactly a "minimalist," never overplays one iota - his choice of notes always sounds uncannily right and just). Konitz channels the spirit of Lester Young through his unsentimental brainy-cool style, as Petrucciani weaves his sturdy Gallic lyricism about him like a graceful dance partner. In their imaginative collective clutches, even that sturdiest of jazz standbys, "Round (About) Midnight," sounds fresh and new with extended workout it gets. And to put the cherry on the sundae, the recording quality is immediate, bright and vivid, making this an essential purchase (never mind the slightly silly title) for those into the Art of The Duo.
Artist / Group Name:Lee Konitz / Michel Petrucciani