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  • Audio CD (9 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Whirlwind Recordings
  • ASIN: B00J60HV4I
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Aged 82 at the time this live recording was made at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London in 2010, the legendary improvising saxophonist Lee Konitz continues to break new ground with the quartet's co-leaders, bassist Michael Janisch, pianist Dan Tepfer and drummer Jeff Williams.

Over the decades Konitz has deepened and pushed further his highly original way of improvising. The repertoire on 'First Meeting' is ostensibly of well known standards, familiar to the players, but they merely serve as a jumping-off point for the quartet to head off in any direction. Without rehearsal, plan or preconceived idea of the music's end result, the whole context is one of spontaneity and immediacy.

The music on this album is extracted from six hours of music recorded over two nights. Under Konitz's instruction, anyone could start playing a melody and the rest of the band could join in, or not. As a result, 'First Meeting' features some stellar solo intros alongside duo, trio and, of course, full quartet performances. This first volume also captures the more concise statements that were recorded, where tunes were started and finished. The quartet also explored some freer and more exploratory paths, and these selections will form a subsequent album.

Personnel: Lee Konitz (alto and soprano saxophones), Dan Tepfer (piano), Michael Janisch (double bass), Jeff Williams (drums)

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(4 stars) This is a live recording that captures the essence of improvisational musical dialogue. Half the fun is guessing the response to various musical gambits and where the conversation will lead next. --Downbeat Magazine, (James Hale), July 2014

(4 stars) Listen to this valuable album and you'll want more of: the weariness ('Billie's Bounce'); the soliloquising in the jazz soloist's sense (Konitz's soprano solo at the beginning of 'All The Things You Are'); the modernism (Tepfer's beginning to 'Stella By Starlight'); the Monkian dimension, again Tepfer setting things up on the intro to the off kilter swing of the trio take on 'Giant Steps'; the spontaneity (there was no rehearsal or plan); and the tenderness and quietude with Konitz's entry on 'Body and Soul' just beautiful. --Marlbank, (Stephen Graham), March 23, 2014

This is a collaborative success, but the presence of Konitz will be the main attraction for many listeners, and he makes all the difference to this wonderful album. His mode of expression is remarkably resistant to the passing of the years, and more importantly, no-one in the world sounds remotely like him. --LondonJazzNews, (Andy Boeckstaens), May 7, 2014

Konitz, Tepfer and Williams are outstanding and Janisch, on whose Whirlwind label the album is being released, is his usual inventive tower of strength. --Bebop Spoken Here, (Lance Liddle), May 14, 2014

This is a collaborative success, but the presence of Konitz will be the main attraction for many listeners, and he makes all the difference to this wonderful album. His mode of expression is remarkably resistant to the passing of the years, and more importantly, no-one in the world sounds remotely like him. --LondonJazzNews, (Andy Boeckstaens), May 7, 2014

(4 stars) John Zorn has described Lee Konitz as a "brilliant, adventurous and original" jazz improviser, and there's plenty of proof in this often spellbinding improv set. --The Guardian, (John Fordham), June 6, 2014

This is a collaborative success, but the presence of Konitz will be the main attraction for many listeners, and he makes all the difference to this wonderful album. His mode of expression is remarkably resistant to the passing of the years, and more importantly, no-one in the world sounds remotely like him. --LondonJazzNews, (Andy Boeckstaens), May 7, 2014


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