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Motion

7 Jul 2003

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  • Original Release Date: 10 Jun 2003
  • Release Date: 10 Jun 2003
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 37:37
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  • ASIN: B001KH910C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,333 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Jan 2011
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Lee Konitz - a saxophonist for all ages and styles. This is an amazing
record. Don't hold your breath as the pace, precision and agility of Konitz blows you away. Floating around the melodies with Elvin Jones on drums and Sonny Dallas on bass. Recorded in 1961 but as relevant today as when originally issued. There are few jazz recordings that stop you in your steps on first listening. This is one. A truly great jazz record.
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Lee Konitz is a very pleasant late discovery for me. He is part of the cool jazz scene that would have such a big influence on West Coast musicians, notably Paul Desmond and Art Pepper. On this album he is joined by Elvin Jones and Sonny Dallas, giving the album more of an uptempo beat. I really enjoyed his takes on classic standards. Konitz has such a beautiful tone, you'd have to be tone deaf not to enjoy it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Alto Sax recorded masterwork of the 20th century 7 Feb 2000
By Ian Muldoon - Published on Amazon.com
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A few years ago I was listening to the Verve Story 1944-1994, a 4CD compilation which is a pretty good retrospective. Everything was going along very nicely thankyou - the usual suspects were grooving high, Getz and Gillespie, Parker and Powell, Hawkins and Haden, then BAM! I dropped everything, hit the repeat button and raised the volume - I was listening to Lee Konitz (alto) Sonny Dallas (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums)and they were doing all sorts of things to Johnny Mercer's I Remember You. It was like being struck by an unknown force. This music stood out among the greatest jazz artists of the century. It was remarkable. Clearly it was related in style to the Lennie Tristano of Lennie Tristano/The New Tristano (Rhino R2 71595) on which Mr Konitz appears. Mr Tristano's method was to have the bass and drums establish a simple but persistent and unintrusive pulse over which he would improvise harmonic, melodic and rhythmic variations. On the original MOTION this pulse was provided by Mr Sonny Dallas on bass, but the drumming is another matter which I'll return to. If Mr Rollins was the master on tenor of the trio format, then Mr Konitz is so on the alto. I consider this reissue of MOTION, which adds two previously unissued CD's to the original album, a 20th century masterwork, among the very best documentation of the alto sax in jazz. Who would think a skinny bespectacled white dude of 33 years of age and the most renowned drummer in jazz at the time whose night job was with Mr Coltrane and his Quartet at the Village Vanguard, could speak with such magic to each other? The musical conversation they had goes beyond music; perhaps because of their mutual respect, or the freedom the producer Creed Taylor allowed them. In any case, the rest of the sessions where Mr Nick Stabulas takes over the drummer's chair are also top class, and a wonderful listening experience. All the tunes are standards but the feeling, inventiveness and swing provided by these musicians makes one feel the composers would be grateful that their works were chosen as vehicles for exploration. This reissue is a valuable document of a great meeting of some master musicians.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Konitz at his finest 31 Aug 2004
By Jess Row - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a classic example of Lee Konitz's approach to improvisation--extremely long, fluid lines, with a keen, insightful, relaxed feeling throughout. Elvin Jones, capable of matching his style to almost any context, is less explosive than you'd expect him to be, but you still hear him weaving over and around and behind the beat at times. It's interesting to compare this album to Sonny Rollins' classic 1958 Vanguard recording, also with just Jones and a bassist--we don't usually think of Rollins and Konitz as occupying the same territory, but these two CD's sound eerily similar at times.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
unusual line up, great record 15 Jun 2000
By David Rickert - Published on Amazon.com
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Pairing Lee Konitz and Elvin Jones seems like a strange idea, especially considering the different directions they were heading in jazz at the time of this recording, but it works. Konitz seems to be so concerned with improvisation on this session that he can't be bothered with even playing the heads; I dare you to figure out what some of these songs are without looking at the case. "Motion" is the perfect name for this record, since Jones keeps the music moving with his skittering drum work and Dallas comes along with the ride (he's the one here that seems most concerned with following the standard changes, and keeps the whole thing from getting too out of hand). This record would be difficult to listen to in one sitting, (three CDs) but is consistently enjoyable, even with multiple aternate takes.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Lee Konitz is blistering; Elvin Jones is a powerhouse 28 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This limited edition will not last long -- Don't miss your chance to get this sensational 1964 session featuring Lee Konitz at his absolute best! As amazing as is Konitz' playing, it is Elvin Jones who steals the show -- he is simply smokin' from the opening beat and never lets up for a moment in this powerhouse trio setting. Verve issued this as a single CD during the mid 1980s and it quickly went out of print. This 3-CD reissue includes all the alternate takes and unissued performances from these sessions. For Lee Konitz afficionados, this is as good as it gets!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Standards the way they are meant to be 1 May 2008
By Eric C. Sedensky - Published on Amazon.com
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It's rare for me to give a sax recording a five-star rating, but I think this one deserves it for the simple fact the Konitz takes five pretty standard songs and injects them with a flair, passion and energy that is seldom seen, at any level. All of Me and Come Home To really move, and the solos are intricate works of art, like lace made of sound. Really, there is nothing much to complain about here, because the remastered recording is very crisp and clean and the music is rich and satisfying without being overly cloying or familiar to the listener. I don't know that I'd want to search out too much more of Konitz's music, because I don't think there are many post-bop albums that can top this one without going "cool", and if you prefer your jazz "hot" like I do, this is one recording definitely worth getting.
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