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Lee Konitz – The Verve Albums Collection


Producer: Nesuhi Ertegun, Norman Granz, Creed Taylor
Compilation release date: 2019
Recording dates: 1955 – 1961 (in New York & New Jersey)
Label: Enlilghtenment
Catalog#: EN4CD9172



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Opening line: You will no doubt crave even more coolness, but this astounding collection may be all the Lee you need (301 minutes!).

Among the most creative and prolific saxophonists of his generation, the late Lee Konitz was one of few altoists working in the early ’50s who retained a unique style, in an era when Charlie Parker extended a huge influence. An early sideman for Miles Davis, Konitz participated in the legendary Birth Of the Cool sessions. Said Miles, “…if a guy could play as good as Lee Konitz could play… I would hire him every time, and I wouldn’t give a damn if he was green with red breath.” Lee played with a number of all-time greats on these sessions, including drummer Elvin Jones, guitarist Billy Bauer, pianist Bill Evans, woodwind master Jimmy Giuffre, and tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh.

Comprising the musician’s eight original albums made for Verve and Atlantic in the late 1950s, this 4-disc set features the finest work this estimable sax-man ever produced. With over five hours of extraordinary music, this collection documents the most pivotal phase of what was both a widely-celebrated and long-standing career. Serving as both an ideal introduction to Lee Konitz’s best music, and a welcome reminder of his musical prowess, this delightful set will thrill newcomers and seasoned fans alike.

Track Listing

Disc 1:

Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh (Atlantic, 1955)

    • Topsy
    • There Will Never Be Another You
    • I Can’t Get Started
    • Donna Lee
    • Two Not One
    • Don’t Squawk
    • Ronnies Line
    • Background Music

Inside Hi-Fi (Atlantic, 1956)

      • Kary’s Trance
      • Everything Happens To Me
      • Sweet And Lovely
      • Cork ‘N’ Bib
      • All Of Me
      • Star Eyes
      • Nesuhi’s Instant
      • Indiana
Disc 2:

Very Cool (Verve, 1957)

      • Sunflower
      • Stairway To The Stars
      • Movin’ Around
      • Kary’s Trance
      • Crazy She Calls Me
      • Billie’s Bounce

Tranquility (Verve, 1957)

      • Stephanie
      • Memories Of You
      • People Will Say We’re In Love
      • When You’re Smiling
      • Sunday
      • Lennie Bird
      • The Nearness Of You
      • Jonquil
Disc 3:

An Image: Lee Konitz with Strings (Verve, 1958)

        • Round Midnight
        • The Daffodil’s Smile
        • I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)
        • Music For Alto Saxophone And Strings (Pt. 1)
        • Music For Alto Saxophone And Strings (Pt. 2)
        • Music For Alto Saxophone And Strings (Pt. 3)
        • What’s New’
        • Blues For Our Children
        • An Image Of Man

Lee Konitz meets Jimmy Giuffre (Verve, 1959)

        • Palo Alto
        • Darn That Dream
        • When Your Lover Has Gone
        • Cork ‘N’ Bib
        • Somp’n Outa’ Nothin’
        • Someone To Watch Over Me
        • Uncharted
        • Moonlight In Vermont
        • The Song Is You
Disc 4:

You and Lee (Verve, 1961)

        • Everything I’ve Got (Belongs To You)
        • You Don’t Know What Love Is
        • You’re Driving Me Crazy
        • I Didn’t Know About You
        • (You’re Clear) Out Of This World
        • The More I See You
        • You Are Too Beautiful
        • I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

Motion (Verve, 1959)

        • I Remember You
        • All Of Me
        • Foolin’ Myself
        • You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
        • I’ll Remember April


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