Lee Konitz

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A prolific jazz alto and an influential stylist for his dry, cerebral, subdued approach.
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Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Subconscious-Lee [Prestige]
1950 Subconscious-Lee [Prestige] Original Jazz Classics
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Lee Konitz with Tristano, Marsh, Bauer
1950 Lee Konitz with Tristano, Marsh, Bauer Prestige
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Conception
1951 Conception Original Jazz Classics
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The New Sounds
1951 The New Sounds Prestige
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Konitz Meets Mulligan
1953 Konitz Meets Mulligan EMI / Pacific Jazz
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With Gerry Mulligan Quartet
1953 With Gerry Mulligan Quartet Pacific Music Marketing
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Sax of a Kind
1953 Sax of a Kind MSI Music Distribution / Quadromania Klassik
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Konitz
1954 Konitz 1201 Music / Black Lion
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Lee Konitz and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet
1954 Lee Konitz and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet Chameleon
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Lee Konitz/Bob Brookmeyer in Paris
1954 Lee Konitz/Bob Brookmeyer in Paris Vogue / RCA
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Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh
1955 Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh Atlantic / Koch Jazz / Koch
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Lee Konitz at Harvard Square
1955 Lee Konitz at Harvard Square Storyville
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In Harvard Square
1955 In Harvard Square 1201 Music / Black Lion
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Inside Hi-Fi
1956 Inside Hi-Fi Koch Jazz / Koch
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Lee Konitz
1956 Lee Konitz Swingtime Records
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The Real Lee Konitz
1957 The Real Lee Konitz 32 Jazz
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Tranquility
1957 Tranquility Polygram
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An Image: Lee Konitz with Strings
1958 An Image: Lee Konitz with Strings Verve
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Very Cool
1958 Very Cool Universal Distribution
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Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre
1959 Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre Verve
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Live at the Half Note
1959 Live at the Half Note Verve
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You and Lee
1960 You and Lee Universal Distribution
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Trio and Quartet
1965 Trio and Quartet magnetic
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Modern Jazz Compositions from Haiti
1966 Modern Jazz Compositions from Haiti Impulse!
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The Lee Konitz Duets
1967 The Lee Konitz Duets Milestone
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Impressive Rome
1968 Impressive Rome CAM
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Alto Summit
1968 Alto Summit Verve
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Zo-Ko-Ma
1969 Zo-Ko-Ma
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Peacemeal
1970 Peacemeal Milestone / Original Jazz Classics
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Spirits
1971 Spirits Original Jazz Classics / Milestone
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Altissimo
1973 Altissimo Westwind
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Jazz a Juan
1974 Jazz a Juan SteepleChase
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I Concentrate on You
1974 I Concentrate on You SteepleChase
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Lone-Lee
1974 Lone-Lee Steeplechase
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Satori
1974 Satori Original Jazz Classics / Milestone
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Oleo
1975 Oleo Sonet
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Chicago 'N All That Jazz
1975 Chicago 'N All That Jazz Laserlight
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Windows
1975 Windows SteepleChase
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Jazz Exchange
1975 Jazz Exchange Storyville
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Lee Konitz Meets Warne Marsh Again
1976 Lee Konitz Meets Warne Marsh Again Pausa Records
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Figure and Spirit
1976 Figure and Spirit Progressive
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Live at the Montmartre Club: Jazz Exchange, Vol. 2
1976 Live at the Montmartre Club: Jazz Exchange, Vol. 2 Storyville
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Pyramid
1977 Pyramid Improvisingartists
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Lee Konitz Quintet
1977 Lee Konitz Quintet Chiaroscuro
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Duplicity
1977 Duplicity Horo
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Cross-Currents
1977 Cross-Currents Original Jazz Classics / Digital / Fantasy
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The Lee Konitz Nonet
1977 The Lee Konitz Nonet Chiaroscuro
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Tenorlee
1978 Tenorlee Candid
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Yes, Yes, Nonet
1979 Yes, Yes, Nonet Steeplechase
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Live at Laren
1979 Live at Laren Soul Note (Italy)
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Seasons Change
1979 Seasons Change Circle
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Heroes
1980 Heroes Polygram
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Live at the Berlin Jazz Days
1980 Live at the Berlin Jazz Days MPS Records
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Anti-Heroes
1980 Anti-Heroes Verve
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Toot Sweet
1982 Toot Sweet Owl
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Art of the Duo
1983 Art of the Duo Enja
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Glad, Koonix!
1983 Glad, Koonix! Dragon
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Star Eyes, Hamburg 1983
1983 Star Eyes, Hamburg 1983 Hatology / Hat Hut Records
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Dedicated to Lee
1983 Dedicated to Lee Dragon
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Dovetail
1984 Dovetail Sunnyside Communications
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Wild as Springtime
1984 Wild as Springtime Candid
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Ideal Scene
1986 Ideal Scene Soul Note (Italy)
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Medium Rare
1986 Medium Rare Label Bleu
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The New York Album
1987 The New York Album Soul Note (Italy)
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Blew
1988 Blew Philology
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Solitudes
1988 Solitudes Philology
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Round and Round
1989 Round and Round Musicmasters
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In Rio
1989 In Rio M-A Music
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Konitz in Denmark '89
1989 Konitz in Denmark '89 Rightone
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Once Upon a Line
1990 Once Upon a Line MusicDisc
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S'Nice
1990 S'Nice Nabel
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Hein Van de Geyn Meets Lee Konitz
1990 Hein Van de Geyn Meets Lee Konitz
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Zounds
1990 Zounds Soul Note (Italy)
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Lullaby of Birdland
1991 Lullaby of Birdland Candid
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Jazz Nocturne
1992 Jazz Nocturne Evidence
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From Newport to Nice
1992 From Newport to Nice Philology
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Lee Konitz and the Jazzpar All Star Nonet
1992 Lee Konitz and the Jazzpar All Star Nonet Storyville
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Lunasea
1992 Lunasea Soul Note (Italy)
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Frank-Lee Speaking
1992 Frank-Lee Speaking WestWind
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Italian Ballads, Vol. 1
1993 Italian Ballads, Vol. 1 Philology
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Friends
1993 Friends Dragon
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Rhapsody
1993 Rhapsody Evidence
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So Many Stars
1993 So Many Stars Philology
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Speakin' Lowly
1993 Speakin' Lowly Philology
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A Venezia
1994 A Venezia Philology
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Swiss Kiss
1994 Swiss Kiss TCB Records
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We Thought About Duke
1995 We Thought About Duke Hatology
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Into It: Solos & Duos
1995 Into It: Solos & Duos Westwind
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Free with Lee
1995 Free with Lee Philology
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Atmospheric Conditions Permitting
1995 Atmospheric Conditions Permitting Decca / ECM
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Move
1995 Move Moon
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Brazilian Rhapsody
1995 Brazilian Rhapsody Musicmasters
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Breaths and Whispers: Homage to Alexandr Skrjabin
1995 Breaths and Whispers: Homage to Alexandr Skrjabin Philology
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Haiku
1995 Haiku Nabel
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Steps Towards a Dream
1995 Steps Towards a Dream Odin
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Thingin'
1995 Thingin' Hatology
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Very Fool
1995 Very Fool Prestige
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Live at Manhattan
1996 Live at Manhattan Gam Records
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Angel Song
1996 Angel Song ECM
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It's You
1996 It's You SteepleChase
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Lee Konitz Meets Don Friedman
1996 Lee Konitz Meets Don Friedman Camerata Records
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Unaccompanied Live in Yokohama
1996 Unaccompanied Live in Yokohama PSF Records (Japan)
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Guarana
1996 Guarana La Lichere
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Rhapsody, Vol. 2
1996 Rhapsody, Vol. 2 Evidence
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Body & Soul [Camerata]
1997 Body & Soul [Camerata] Camerata Records
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Strings for Holiday
1997 Strings for Holiday Enja / Enja Matthias Winckelmann
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Out of Nowhere
1997 Out of Nowhere SteepleChase
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Dearly Beloved
1997 Dearly Beloved Steeplechase
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Alone Together
1997 Alone Together Blue Note / EMI
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12 Gershwin in 12 Keys
1997 12 Gershwin in 12 Keys Philology
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Frankfurt Concert
1997 Frankfurt Concert Westwind
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Self Portrait
1998 Self Portrait Philology
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Subconscious Lee [Summit]
1998 Subconscious Lee [Summit] Summit Records
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Dialogues
1998 Dialogues Challenge Records
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Saxophone Dreams
1998 Saxophone Dreams Koch Jazz / Koch
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Inside Cole Porter
1998 Inside Cole Porter Philology
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L' Age Mür
1998 L' Age Mür Philology
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Tender Lee for Chat
1998 Tender Lee for Chat Philology
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Three Guys
1999 Three Guys Enja
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Another Shade of Blue
1999 Another Shade of Blue Blue Note
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Brazilian Serenade
1999 Brazilian Serenade Tokuma Records
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Dig It
1999 Dig It Steeplechase
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RichLee
2000 RichLee SteepleChase
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Sound of Surprise
2000 Sound of Surprise RCA Victor
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Play French Impressionist Music from the Turn of the Twentieth Century
2000 Play French Impressionist Music from the Turn of the Twentieth Century Palmetto
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Pride
2000 Pride Steeplechase
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Open Hearts
2000 Open Hearts Enja / Enja Records / Weber
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Some New Stuff
2001 Some New Stuff DIW (Japan)
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Parallels
2001 Parallels Chesky Records
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All the Way (The Soft Ways)
2001 All the Way (The Soft Ways) Philology
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Inside Rodgers
2001 Inside Rodgers Philology
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Gong with Wind Suite
2002 Gong with Wind Suite Steeplechase
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Outra Vez
2002 Outra Vez Philology
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Duas Contas
2002 Duas Contas Philology
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At the New Mississippi Jazz Club
2002 At the New Mississippi Jazz Club Philology
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Live-Lee
2003 Live-Lee Milestone / Universal Distribution
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Motion
2003 Motion Universal / Verve
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Unleemited
2003 Unleemited Sunnyside Communications
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A Day in Florence
2003 A Day in Florence Philology
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Music of Konitz
2003 Music of Konitz Effendi
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Suite for Paolo
2003 Suite for Paolo Philology
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One Day With Lee
2004 One Day With Lee Capri
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Sound-Lee
2004 Sound-Lee Membran
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Phil & Lee: Two Brothers in Three Flats
2004 Phil & Lee: Two Brothers in Three Flats Philology
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Play Rava
2004 Play Rava Philology
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Play Woods
2004 Play Woods Philology
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BargaLee
2004 BargaLee Philology
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Play Konitz
2004 Play Konitz Philology
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81+15=96
2005 81+15=96 Philology
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Lee Konitz - Ohad Talmor String Project: Inventions
2006 Lee Konitz - Ohad Talmor String Project: Inventions Omnitone
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New Nonet
2006 New Nonet Omnitone
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Organic Lee
2006 Organic Lee SteepleChase
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Infant Eyes
2007 Infant Eyes Philology
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Portology
2007 Portology Omnitone
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October Waltz with Lee Konitz
2007 October Waltz with Lee Konitz
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Live in Oslo
2007 Live in Oslo Ponca Jazz
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Gracefullee
2007 Gracefullee Pazz Productions
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Alone & Together
2007 Alone & Together
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Standarslee
2007 Standarslee
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The Glenn Gould Session
2007 The Glenn Gould Session Philology
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Soliloque
2007 Soliloque Cristal
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The Soprano Sax Album: Standards
2007 The Soprano Sax Album: Standards Philology
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Deep Lee
2008 Deep Lee Enja
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Jugendstil II
2010 Jugendstil II ESP-Disk
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Live at the Village Vanguard
2010 Live at the Village Vanguard Enja
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Knowing Lee
2011 Knowing Lee Out Note Records / Outnote Records
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Live at Birdland
2011 Live at Birdland ECM
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Owl's Talk
2012 Owl's Talk Aparte
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Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note
2012 Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note Half Note Records
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Nonitz
2013 Nonitz Quadrant
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Eu Nao Existo (Thanks, A.C. Jobim)
2013 Eu Nao Existo (Thanks, A.C. Jobim) Philology
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Costumes Are Mandatory
2013 Costumes Are Mandatory High Note
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Standards Live: At the Village Vanguard
2014 Standards Live: At the Village Vanguard Enja
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First Meeting: Live in London, Vol. 1
2014 First Meeting: Live in London, Vol. 1 Whirlwind Recordings / Whirlwind Records
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Jeff Denson Trio and Lee Konitz
2015 Jeff Denson Trio and Lee Konitz Inner City Jazz / Ridgeway Records
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Foolin' Myself Humorous Lee
2016 Foolin' Myself Humorous Lee
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Frescalalto
2017 Frescalalto Decca / Impulse!
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Decade
2018 Decade Decca
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Old Songs New
2019 Old Songs New Sunnyside Communications
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To Bill Evans
To Bill Evans Philology
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