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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Other Way - Lee Konitz @ The Pizza Express.

Lee Konitz (alt/sop), Dan Telfer (pno), Michael Janisch (bs), Jeff Williams (dms).
Last night Simon Spillett fired off 1000 notes per minute. Tonight, Lee Konitz fired off considerably fewer. Either because of maturity or physicality, Lee has learned to make every note count and count they did - eventually.
It began hesitantly as the four musicians searched out each others' strengths and weaknesses - not that there were many. Totally unamplified Lee fragmented around such standards as Solar, Come Rain or Come Shine, So Nice To come Home To but it wasn't until What's New that it finally fell together.
Cherokee, Body and Soul, Stella By Starlight and Alone Together completed the set that drew tumultuous applause from a packed Pizza Express.
At 82 Lee looks and plays like a much younger man yet I wondered if this - bordering just on the inside of the outside - was really him?
Still he got through to the audience and by the end I was with him.
Come in table mate Richard.
Lance.
PS: The Pizza was superb and promptly served.

2 comments :

Richard said...

Hi Lance. Yes, I agree that the second half of the Lee Konitz set was stronger than the first. I think the band connected a lot better as the gig progressed. Konitz did say at the start that it was the first time the 4 of them had played together. I particularly enjoyed Cherokee and What's New. I spoke to Lee Konitz afterwards who shows no signs of slowing down, even harbouring ambitions of playing back at Ronnie Scott's one day...talking of which, Roy Haynes was on great form on Thursday night. At 85 years old he plays with the speed and guile of a man half his age. Catch him tonight if you can. With a combined age of 167 years (Konitz and Haynes) jazz is still in very good hands with the old masters.
Richard

Lance said...

Alas Richard, I am now back up North so have had to miss Roy. Pleased you enjoyed.

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