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.
Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh (Atlantic, 1955)
Inside Hi-Fi (Atlantic, 1956)
Very Cool (Verve, 1957)
Tranquility (Verve, 1957)
An Image: Lee Konitz with Strings (Verve, 1958)
Lee Konitz meets Jimmy Giuffre (Verve, 1959)
You and Lee (Verve, 1961)
Motion (Verve, 1959)