Lee Konitz

Move

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Lee Konitz has recorded often during his career, but many of the tracks within this CD may be fairly rare. The first eight songs are from two 1956 studio dates in Germany with either Hans Koller on tenor sax and a rotating cast of one or two baritone saxophonists, including Lars Gullin, Willi Sanner, and Rudi Sehring. With the exception of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" in which Konitz is the only reed player, the material sticks to originals by either pianist Roland Kovac, Gullin, or the leader; though the music is pleasant, none of the tunes are particularly memorable. Better is a 1958 New York session with Warne Marsh on tenor sax, pianist Billy Taylor, mellophonist Don Elliott, and guitarist Mundell Lowe covering lively takes of "Move" and "Subconscious Lee," Konitz's well-known reworking of "What Is This Called Love?" The last three tracks with Niels Pedersen and Alan Dawson are of historical interest. A very brief but wild interpretation of "What's New" is mainly a feature for Pedersen's extended bass solo; while Konitz invites Evans to join them on stage for a rather choppy "How Deep Is the Ocean," which features a terrific introduction by the pianist, and the more accessible "Beautiful Love." Like most Moon CDs the sound is rather erratic, with the live tracks showing lots of tape hiss and a fair amount of distortion. But both Konitz and Evans fans should consider adding this now out-of-print release to their collections.