Lee Konitz / Enrico Pieranunzi

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Solitudes Review

by Ken Dryden

Philology has produced many fine sessions featuring Lee Konitz, and it is very tempting to say that this is one of his best dates for the label. The cool alto saxophonist's duets with the talented pianist Enrico Pieranunzi explore almost a dozen standards from the worlds of American popular song and jazz, including three full takes of "Don't Blame Me" and two of "My Old Flame" that were not included for filler but to demonstrate how hard it is for a producer to choose between several valid entertaining performances. One can hear the chord changes even as both artists deviate from the original route in many of the songs, yet the lyricism of both musicians remains in focus. Pieranunzi wrote "Chet" in memory of Chet Baker, who had died tragically earlier in the year; this emotional piece seems every bit as complex as the late trumpeter. Currently out of print, this CD is worth a diligent search.

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