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Konitz Meets Mulligan [Import]

Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B005PJRSS8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Konitz Adds A Driving Force. 5 Nov 2011
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Gery Mulligan and Chet Baker had recorded their quartet material with considerable impact on 1952/3 for Pacific Jazz. They had become established as the house band at 'The Haig' with an 85 capacity audience in Los Angeles. It is now famously associated with the hotel across the road 'The Ambassador' where Bobby Kennedy was assassinated and where Richard Nixon made his famous 'Checkers' speech'. With growing confidence, Mulligan invited Lee Konitz to the club to sit in. Having been somewhat restricted by his current employment with Stan Kenton, Konitz springs into life. Konitz takes most of the solos. He is in irrepressible form taking center stage. 'Lover Man, 'Too marvellous for Words' and particularly 'I'll Remember April' find his interpretations and improvisations steaming sweetly. Baker and Mulligan add to Konitz's blitz but it the altoist who dominates. 'These Foolish Things' shows that Konitz has developed his own style (Parker was still everpresent at this time). 'I Can't Believe' and the two 'Lady Be Good ' tracks were recorded at Phil Turetsky's house in L.A. Konitz's solos are majestic and authoritative throughout. Rhythm section excellent. Baker and Mulligan's inputs are assured but take a bow to Konitz. Wonderful music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars East Coast Jazz at its best... 3 Jun 2014
By os TOP 500 REVIEWER
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If you enjoy the sound of cool swinging easy-going jazz, then this intimate little live recording ‘Konitz meets …’ from 1953 should be in your collection. The three principles Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker mingle so effortlessly together that it a shock to remember that this was a one-off recording event. Lee Konitz with his warm fluid tones on alto sax gets the majority of the solo space but it is clear that he energises Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax) and particularly Chet Baker(trumpet) on tracks like ‘lady Be Good’. So that while there is no sense of note spinning or musical hyperventilation there is a degree of healthy completion going on here.

Sound quality is good without being spectacular. The real focus though is on the consistently excellent playing of the group and their inspired choice of jazz standards. No duff tracks, it’s all killer as they say, and definitely no filler. Try the jaunty ‘I’ll Remember April’ or the lovely ‘These Foolish Thing’s’ as sample tracks, and find yourself enchanted! Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked Cool jazz classic. 30 Nov 2013
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
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These three excellent sessions were recorded live at The Haig, Los Angeles(tracks 1-6); at an unknown studio(tracks 7-9) and at Phil Turetsky's home studio(tracks 10-12) during late January, 1953.
Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz is on inspired form sounding fluent and animated in the company of Gerry Mulligan(baritone sax); Chet Baker(trumpet); Carson Smith or Joe Mondragon(bass) & Larry Bunker(drums).
The group perform mostly standards and the highlights are 'Too Marvelous For Words', 'Lover Man' and 'I'll Remember April'.
'Konitz Meets Mulligan' is an overlooked Cool jazz classic and a must for fans of Lee Konitz or the Gerry Mulligan Quartet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 28 Feb 2013
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Hadn't heard this music for round about half a century. Cool Jazz at its best. Well it was called modern Jazz in its day but believe me its as fresh and new as ever. Who ever borrowed my original LP and never gave it back: you're forgiven it's a joy to hear it again without the scratches.

Finding this "modern" life is making you feel a bit frayed at the edges. Try the past, present and the future all at once with a new perspective that you'll just love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky Summit 28 Dec 2001
By Tom Schusterbauer - Published on Amazon.com
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O.K., so it's mono. And, for much of the recording, Mulligan's quartet seems simply to be backing Konitz. But hang on, this is a marvelous little gem. Mulligan on the bari, Konitz on alto, and--yes--Chet baker on trumpet. How can you pass this up?
But this is more than an artifact. This is jazz at its spontaneous and inventive best. Konitz, freed from Stan Kenton, has all sorts of new ideas about these old standards. And, for many of the cuts, as Lee explores the possibilities, you can hear Mulligan purring far in the background (mono, remember), and, every once in a while, moving to the foreground to make a few statements of his own. These two jazz minds talk to each other, tease each other,support and--in a gentle way--challenge each other.
And, of course, in a few cuts, Baker's sweet trumpet announces itself and joins the two sax players in their explorations. The now-unheralded but extremely deft Carson Smith takes on most of the bass responsibilities, and provides--along with Larry Bunker on drums--a solid stage for Baker, Mulligan, and Konitz to swing on.
Mulligan, Konitz, and Baker, of course, went their separate ways, Konitz and Mulligan to long and brilliant careers, Baker to a briefer, tragic, but still shining career. This, then, was a moment in time, and is now your chance to catch these giants sharing a stage, playing for and with one another, showing admiration and affection for each other's talents and ideas.
Mono--so what? This is a treasure from the vaults of Pacific Jazz. It's bargain priced, but at any price, it's a bargain.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD 11 Sep 2001
By Joost Daalder - Published on Amazon.com
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At the time these tracks were recorded, both Konitz and Mulligan were among the very best saxophone players alive, as indeed they remained for many years after. And the two intermingle and inspire each other wonderfully here. Mulligan's music, as usual, is characterised by great clarity and "logic", forceful and emotionally satisfying, impeccably performed and always highly musical. Much the same can be said for Konitz, who however is "harder on the ear" in bringing to bear a greater complexity, but of a rewarding kind, as it results from a richly inventive musical mind. Hs music, though demanding, is never difficult just for the sake of it, and certainly not just "cerebral". These tracks, together with his work with Wayne Marsh, feature some of his best and most sensational work. A great CD to own, which will bring permanent pleasure! - Joost Daalder
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Stop Swinging!! 25 April 2006
By A. Milian - Published on Amazon.com
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From the opening tune "Too Marvelous For Words," to the last one (I wish there were more) these guys swing. Mulligan, with his great background harmony, through the subtle counterpoint between Baker and Mulligan in "Sextet" and "Broadway", to the dynamic, sweet swinging melodies from Konitz' sax, it's an album that reflects the best of the these greatest of jazzmen. Don't miss this one; you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music You Can Touch 15 Jun 2000
By SpondyBlondie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm quite partial to a Lee Konitz cd now that I have discovered his amazing talent. I came across him quite by chance at the annual Hull Jazz festival and was totally wowed by his talent. Mr Konitz has produced a vast array of albums that can be quite daunting but dont be put off - this man has immense talent. I had the great pleasure of conversing with him during the interval when I asked him to autograph what became my first Lee Konitz cd - this one! I have to say I am biased as this cd brings happy memories of such a gentle and unassuming man but if you like sax you cant help but love this album. I love the feeling it gives you of being right there in the room while he is playing - the sort of music you can almost touch - truely magical.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Konitz Escapes Kenton Confines 15 Jan 2007
By Donnie The B - Published on Amazon.com
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During the time of this recording, Lee Konitz had been playing in the relatively regimented setting of Stan Kenton's big band. It is evident in some of his improvisational work here that he had been unable to "stretch out" for awhile. So while enjoyable, I would hate for this to be your only exposure to the marvelous alto of Lee Konitz. Gerry Mulligan and group are relaxed and proficient, while Lee seems rushed at times to show you all his ideas. If you are a Mulligan or Konitz fan, you'll probably want to have this anyway - it is a 3 star effort. But if you want just a sample of either artist, sample Lee's later work and check out Mulligan where he is not confined by playing host to Konitz.
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