By Andy Hamilton, Joe Lovano
“Meticulously researched, exact and documented, this lengthy awaited review justly establishes Konitz as probably the most always superb, adventurous and unique improvisers within the jazz tradition—a genius as infrequent as poultry himself.”
“Hamilton’s paintings may possibly mark the inception of a structure new to writing on Western track, one that avoids either the self-aggrandizing of autobiography and the stylized subjectification of biography.”
“An amazing method of a biography, with the guy himself talking for prolonged classes. the most vibration I felt from Lee’s phrases used to be overall honesty, nearly to a fault. Konitz exhibits himself to be an acute observer of the scene, filled with knowledge and deep musical insights, proper to any historic interval despite sort. The asides via famous musicians are superbly woven through the pages. I couldn’t placed the e-book down—it is the definition of a residing history.”
The preeminent altoist linked to the “cool” college of jazz, Lee Konitz used to be one of many few saxophonists of his iteration to forge a different sound autonomous of the impact of Charlie Parker. within the past due Nineteen Forties, Konitz begun his occupation with the Claude Thornhill band, within which time he got here into touch with Miles Davis, with whom he may later paintings at the mythical Birth of the Cool classes. Konitz might be top identified via his organization with Lennie Tristano, lower than whose impact a lot of his sound advanced, and for his paintings with Stan Kenton and Warne Marsh. His recordings have ranged from cool bop to experimental improvisation and feature seemed on such labels as status, Atlantic, Verve, and Polydor.
Crafted out of various interviews among the writer and his topic, the booklet deals a special examine the tale of Lee Konitz’s lifestyles and song, detailing Konitz’s personal insights into his musical schooling and his reviews with such figures as Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, Warne Marsh, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell, and invoice Evans.
Andy Hamilton is a jazz pianist and contributor to significant jazz and modern tune magazines. He teaches philosophy, and the background and aesthetics of jazz, at Durham college within the uk. he's additionally the writer of the booklet Aesthetics and Music (Continuum 2007).
Joe Lovano is a Grammy Award–winning tenor saxophonist. His most up-to-date album is Streams of Expression.
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