June 27, 2011
Soul Note
Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Creative

Album Review

The 2012 anthology The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note combines all of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz's recordings for the independent jazz labels. Included are 1979's Live at Laren, 1986's Ideal Scene, 1987's The New York Album, 1990's Zounds, and 1992's Lunasea. One of the original '50s cool jazzers, Konitz developed over time into a cerebral, adventurous, and always swinging journeyman artist who never shied away from challenging himself or taking musical risks. These recordings, beginning with the 1979 revival of his nonet featuring trumpeter Red Rodney, showcase Konitz's ever-searching small group approach to jazz improvisation that touches upon distinctively reworked straight-ahead standards, modal post-bop originals, and atmospheric, creative modern improvisation.
Matt Collar, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. April [Live]
  2. Who You [Live]
  3. Without a Song [Live]
  4. Moon Dreams [Live]
  5. Times Lie [Live]
  6. Matrix [Live]
  7. Chick Came Around
  8. Tidal Breeze
  9. Silly Samba
  10. Ezz-Thetic
  11. If You Could See Me Now
  12. Stare-Case
  13. Stella by Starlight
  14. Candlelight Shadows
  15. Everybody's Song But My Own
  16. Limehouse Blues
  17. Monkian Round
  18. September Waltz
  19. Dream Variation
  20. Invitation
  21. Prologue
  22. Zounds
  23. Prelude to a Kiss
  24. Blue Samba
  25. All Things Considered
  26. Synthesthetics
  27. Taking a Chance on Love
  28. Piece for My Dad
  29. Soft Lee
  30. Subconscious Lee II
  31. Femaleon
  32. Bossa Tia
  33. The Final Blow
  34. Lunasea
  35. Matter of Opinion
  36. The Aerie
  37. Leeway
  38. Stanbye
  39. To Peggy
  40. Solo Too
  41. Opertune
  42. Djuo
  43. S'gone
  44. P.S.