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Lee Konitz Quintet “Live at the Half Note”

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This “Live” recorded 1959 album from the Verve label is a real classic and every jazz fan should have a copy at home. The description below is about the best general description that you can find online. The most disturbing thing about this album and many, many others is when it was released, that’s 1994! Very, very disturbing!

About the album:

The music on this two-CD set has a strange history. Pianist Lennie Tristano had a rare reunion with altoist Lee Konitz and tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh (his two greatest “students”) during an extended stay at the Half Note in 1959. Tristano took Tuesday nights off to teach and Bill Evans was his substitute, but the pianist had a couple of those performances recorded for posterity. While listening to his tapes years later, he was so impressed with Marsh’s playing that he sent edited versions (comprised entirely of the tenor man’s solos) to Marsh, and somehow they ended up being released in that form by the Revelation label. In 1994, the unedited music was finally issued by Verve; the consistently exciting playing by Konitz, Marsh, and Evans…..Read More

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