Warne Marsh

Live at the Montmartre Club: Jazz Exchange, Vol. 3

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This is the third of three CDs recorded live at the Montmartre in Copenhagen, Denmark. Whenever tenor-saxophonist Warne Marsh and altoist Lee Konitz got together, fireworks resulted as the two complementary saxophonists always seemed to bring out the best in each other. This 1995 CD has six standards from the original LP plus previously unreleased versions of "Chi-Chi" and "Wow." Except for "Chi-Chi" (which finds Marsh and Konitz joined by guitarist Dave Cliff, bassist Peter Ind and drummer Al Levitt), the two horns are accompanied by pianist Ole Kock Hansen, bassist Niels Pedersen and drummer Svend Erik Norregard. Marsh and Konitz as usual get rid of the themes quickly and then engage in advanced chordal improvisation, showing what they learned from Lennie Tristano along with their growth since the late '40s. All three CDs in this series are well worth getting.