56 minutes | Apr 16th 2020

Lee Konitz, Improviser

Improvisation is at the heart of  jazz, and throughout its history there have been many great improvisers, but perhaps none has been truer to the ideals of pure improvisation than alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. We recently lost Lee to Covid-19, at the age of 92, after a 75-year career as one our leading saxophonists. In this episode we take a look at how Lee approached improvisation, and how he was inspired by several of his heroes, including Lester Young, Lennie Tristano, and Charlie Parker.

Playlist

“All the Things You Are” Lee Konitz with Gerry Mulligan
“All the Things You Are” Lee Konitz with Martial Solal
“Lover Man” Lee Konitz with Stan Kenton
“Lover Man” Lee Konitz with Michel Petrucciani
“Too Marvelous for Words” Lee Konitz with Lennie Tristano
“Pound Cake” Lester Young with Count Basie
“Scrapple from the Apple” Charlie Parker
“Scrapple from the Apple” Lee Konitz
“I’ll Remember April” Lee Konitz
“I’ll Remember April” (“Aprilling”) Lee Konitz with Gil Evans
“You Stepped Out of a Dream” Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh
“You Stepped Out of a Dream” Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden
“Body & Soul” Lee Konitz with Alan Broadbent
“Blue Ballad” Lee Konitz
“Subconscious-Lee” Lee Konitz 
“Topsy” Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh

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