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Lee Konitz

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I'm Getting Sentimental Over You Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre, Bill Evans 04:00
Round About Midnight Lee Konitz, Michel Petrucciani 15:48
Thingin Lee Konitz 06:25
Someone To Watch Over Me Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre 03:36
Present Past Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell 12:07
You Don't Know What Love Is Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre, Bill Evans 04:22
I Can't Get Started Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh 03:54
Moonlight In Vermont Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre 03:59
Sound-Lee Lee Konitz 04:08
Blues by Lester Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz 07:50

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With over 140 recorded works under his own name and numerous others as a sideman, jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz has a recording career stretching almost seven decades and has played alongside many of the jazz greats. As one of the players who participated in the legendary 'Birth of the Cool' sessions during 1949-'50 alongside Miles Davis and other jazz notables such as Max Roach, Junior Collins and Gerry Mulligan, Konitz can claim his place as one of the founding fathers of the cool jazz movement.

Konitz's style is distinctive for its use of lengthy improvised melodies punctuated with accents and note groupings in which occasionally he will overlay a phrase in a different time signature. Konitz developed his performing style by playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra throughout the 1950s. During this period he continued to pursue his solo ambitions and recorded numerous albums; one in particular, his 1961 album 'Motion', is regarded as his finest album. Konitz was assisted on the recording by Elvin Jones on drums and Sonny Dallas on bass and the original album containing just five tracks is considered a jazz masterpiece.

Konitz has continued to perform live well into his old age and recorded a live album in 2010 in Soho, London at the age of 83.