Lee Konitz

Born 13 October 1927
Lee Konitz
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1927-10-13
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Lee Konitz

Lee Konitz Biography (BBC)

One of the most influential alto saxophonists in the early development of modern jazz, Konitz incorporated many of the harmonic ideas of Charlie Parker into his playing. But he delivered them in a markedly different fashion, with more evenness of tone and a greater length of melodic line in his phrases.

Consequently, he was an ideal partner for Miles Davis in the nine-piece band that developed the Birth of the Cool material, the two of them playing off one another, for example, on that band's version of 'Move', and he is generally regarded as one of the architects of 'cool' playing.

This was a style that used complex tone colours and an even, vibratoless playing method as a way of expressing emotion, in contrast to the rasps, growls and bravura displays of 'hot' jazz. Konitz had grown up in Chicago, played in the influential Claude Thornhill band (which employed Gil Evans as its arranger, and was very important in influencing the Birth of the Cool nonet) and he worked with the influential teacher and pianist Lennie Tristano.

Pieces such as 'Subconscious-Lee', which he recorded in 1949 with Tristano, are excellent examples of Konitz's early style. Later he experimented in free jazz with musicians such as pianist Paul Bley. This, plus a period in Stan Kenton's band in the early 1950s, extended his range of experience and playing contexts, and he has continued to excel in all sizes of ensemble, although his most original and challenging work has been in duos, trios and quartets, particularly his regular pairing with pianist Harold Danko.

For much of the time since the mid-1960s , Konitz has lived and worked in Europe, and he has also become popular in Japan, to the extent that his appearances in the United States have taken on considerable importance owing to their relative scarcity.

Lee Konitz Biography (Wikipedia)

Lee Konitz (born October 13, 1927) is an American composer and alto saxophonist.

He has performed successfully in a wide range of jazz styles, including bebop, cool jazz, and avant-garde jazz. Konitz's association with the cool jazz movement of the 1940s and 1950s includes participation in Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool sessions and his work with pianist Lennie Tristano. He was notable during this era as one of relatively few alto saxophonists to retain a distinctive style when Charlie Parker exerted a massive influence.

Like other students of Tristano, Konitz was noted for improvising long, melodic lines with the rhythmic interest coming from odd accents, or odd note groupings suggestive of the imposition of one time signature over another. Other saxophonists were strongly influenced by Konitz, notably Paul Desmond and Art Pepper.

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Thingin
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Thingin
Lee Konitz
Darn That Dream
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Darn That Dream
Lee Konitz
Cherokee
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Cherokee
Lee Konitz
Kary's Trance
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Kary's Trance
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You're Clear Out Of This World
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You're Clear Out Of This World
Lee Konitz
Gundula
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Gundula
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Subconscious-Lee
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Subconscious-Lee
Lee Konitz
East 32nd
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East 32nd
Lee Konitz
Invitation
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Invitation
Lee Konitz
I'll Remember April
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I'll Remember April

I'll Remember April

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Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker
Lee Konitz
Everything Happens To Me
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Everything Happens To Me
Stan Kenton
I'm Glad There Is You
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I'm Glad There Is You
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You're Driving Me Crazy
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You're Driving Me Crazy
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All of Me
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All of Me
Lee Konitz
Tickle Toe
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Tickle Toe
Lee Konitz
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
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I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Dave Pike
Doors of Perception
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Doors of Perception
Lee Konitz
I'll Remember April
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I'll Remember April
Art Taylor
These foolish things
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These foolish things
Arnold Fishkind
Intuition
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Intuition
Arnold Fishkind
Marionette
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Marionette
Arnold Fishkind
Crosscurrent
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Crosscurrent
Arnold Fishkind
Wow
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Wow
Arnold Fishkind
Retrospection
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Retrospection
Paul Motian
Lullaby of Birdland
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Lullaby of Birdland
Jimmy Knepper
Dearth of a Nation
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Dearth of a Nation
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Blues for Bird
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Blues for Bird
Gerry Mulligan
Too Marvellous For Words
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Too Marvellous For Words
Gerry Mulligan
Move
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Move
Red Rodney
Yardbird Suite
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Yardbird Suite
Kenny Wheeler
Past Present
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Past Present
Paul Motion
Luiza
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Luiza

Luiza

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Steve Swallow & Paul Motian Lee Konitz
Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz & Bill Frisell
Nonetheless
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Nonetheless

Nonetheless

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Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz & Bill Frisell
Miles Davis
Springsville
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Springsville
Lee Konitz
Lady Be Good (feat. Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Mondragon & Larry Bunker)
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Lady Be Good (feat. Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Mondragon & Larry Bunker)
Miles Davis
Rocker
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Rocker
Lee Konitz
Midway
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Midway
Lee Konitz
Five, Four and Three
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Five, Four and Three
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Blues for our Children
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Blues for our Children
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Everything I've Got
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Everything I've Got
Lee Konitz
No Splice
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No Splice
Lee Konitz
Nursery Rhymes
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Nursery Rhymes
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Foolin' Myself
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Foolin' Myself
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