Lee Konitz & the Space Jazz Trio

Blew

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Lee Konitz has recorded for the Italian label Philology almost as often as its namesake, Phil Woods, with the same consistently rewarding results. On this 1988 studio date, the veteran alto saxophonist is joined by the Space Jazz Trio, which includes one of Europe's most talented pianists, Enrico Pieranunzi, bassist Enzo Pietropaoli, and drummer Alfred Kramer. Konitz begins with "Friendlee," his extremely complex reworking of the old standard "Just Friends." The pianist's spiraling theme "From E to C" matches the adventuresome spirit of the leader, even though its backing chords are a bit more conventional post bop. Konitz's "Blew" is a wild roller coaster blues vehicle, full of sudden twists and turns. Another popular standard, "The Man I Love," features inspired playing by both Konitz and Pieranunzi, while Charlie Parker's "Cool Blues" begins with a brilliant solo by the leader and avoids the predictable paths. It's a shame that the label failed to include liner notes to tell something about the making of this very enjoyable and recommended CD.

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