Lee Konitz

Chicago 'N All That Jazz

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For Chicago 'N All That Jazz, altoist Lee Konitz and his augmented nonet perform eight numbers from the musical Chicago, all songs that have been long forgotten since. However, Konitz (switching between alto and soprano) and his sidemen (who include trumpeter Richard Hurwitz, Dick Katz, and Michael Longo on keyboards, and bassist Major Holley, who also takes a couple of vocals) play with enthusiasm and melodic creativity; some of the themes are quite catchy. The playing time (around 36 minutes) is quite brief and the music is far from essential but the performances are surprisingly pleasing, making this a worthy purchase if found at a budget price.

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