Rhapsody in blue

lunedì 5 luglio 2010

Lee Konitz

Subconscious Lee Konitz Lee-Warne Marsh 1954

Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh in 1954

The tune you're watching is an improvisation on the chord pattern of What is this thing called love.

In this session we see and hear Lee Konitz (as), Warne Marsch (ts), but in this clip is pianist Billy Taylor. Mundell Lowe on guitar and Ed Thigpen on drums.

The Tristano School of Bebop was one of the three mainstreams of the Cool Jazz movement in the late forties and early fifties. (The other ones were West Coast Jazz and the group around Miles Davis and Gil Evans including other former bop musicians like the MJQ.) The "Tristano School"was a group of musicians led by pianist Lennie Tristano and including Lee Konitz (as), Warne Marsh (ts), Billy Bauer (g), Sal Mosca (p) and Arnold Fishkin (b). This group existed from 1946, when Tristano moved to New York.

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