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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CD Review: Lee Konitz; Dan Tepfer; Michael Janisch; Jeff Williams - First Meeting Live in London Vol. 1.

Lee Konitz (alto/soprano); Dan Tepfer (piano); Michael Janisch (bass); Jeff Williams (drums).
(Review by Lance).
I've heard Lee Konitz live on three occasions: Newcastle City Hall on Sept. 12, 1958, Corner House, Whitley Bay, on Dec. 22, 1975 and Pizza Express, Soho, May 19, 2010. My original review of this latter concert can be read here and, four years on, my thoughts are pretty similar to what they were then albeit with more understanding, having now a greater knowledge of the circumstances (it really was a "First Meeting" for all four musicians as a quartet). No rehearsal plan, or preconceived notion of the music's end result. Under Mr. Konitz's instruction, anyone on the bandstand could simply start playing a melody, and the rest of the band could follow. Or not. Thus, on Body and Soul it's Konitz (soprano) and Tepfer whilst on All the Things You Are Tepfer drops out leaving Konitz (alto) to blow with the other two. The final Outro has Kontiz blowing alto with only drummer Williams for support.
Apart from Konitz, Tepfer and Williams are outstanding and Janisch, on whose Whirlwind label the album is being released, is his usual inventive tower of strength.
At times the playing is quite free (Volume 2 when it emerges is reported to contain the more freer stuff.)
Konitz was 82 when these recordings were made and it's a testament to his timeless thinking that resting on his laurels wasn't an option - but then it never was!
First Meeting - Live in London Volume 1 will be released by Whirlwind (WR 4638) on June 10.
Lance.

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