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Lee Konitz Quartet Coming To The Side Door

Lee Konitz Quartet Coming To The Side Door

Saxophonist Lee Konitz was a student of pianist and composer Lennie Tristano, a pivotal figure of cool jazz and bebop who did his part linking those traditions to the avant-garde. The two ended up recording together.

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Konitz’s music, like Tristano’s, is fleet and dense, with lots of hairpin turns and dizzying runs. It’s kinetic and packed with detail. Charlie Parker’s innovations were cerebral from the start, and Konitz, along with Tristano, took some of the puzzle-logic of the tunes and attacked them with an...

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