Lee Konitz - Unleemited

Lee Konitz - Unleemited
Recording Location:
Radio Suisse Romande, Espace 2, Geneva, Switzerland
Release Date:
August 26, 2003
Artist:
Recording Date:
January 21, 1992 - January 23, 1992
Genre:
Duration:
01:04:30
Album:
Unleemited
Styles:
Cool, Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz

In another of its many quixotic duo projects that thrive in Europe but are deemed unmarketable in the birth country of jazz, Owl paired Lee Konitz, still blowing strong and sweet at age 64, and pianist Kenny Werner in a program of music by composer Alain Guyonnet. The name Guyonnet may mean next to nothing in America, but for our purposes here, he provides some exceptionally graceful, lyrical tunes for Konitz and Werner to explore, and the duo sounds enchanted with the material. Konitz's wistful yet firmly placed alto sax lines circulate naturally and buoyantly over Werner's swirling lines and gentle reflections, sometimes with an unmistakable Brazilian accent in the rhythms. On "O Gato" and "Brazilian Fondue," Werner harkens back to Meade "Lux" Lewis by playing celeste and couples the instrument's tinkling bell-like sounds with overdubbed piano to produce a pleasing, complex tangle of voices. Recorded over three days in Geneva, this is one of many such Owl duo projects that the enterprising Sunnyside label recirculated in the U.S. in 2003 after the giant Universal Music conglomerate evidently passed on them.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Unleemited / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner6:09
Les Fesses au Clair de Lune / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner6:58
O Gato / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner5:30
Monica / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner7:30
Ohad / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner5:12
Nota della Notte / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner6:35
Brazilian Fondue / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner5:25
Baby I'm a Legend / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner6:54
La Valse qui rit / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner4:56
Scent of Dream / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner5:05
Pick-a-Boo! / Alain GuyonnetLee Konitz feat: Kenny Werner4:16

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