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The Portland Sessions
I enjoy being spoiled with quality releases. Lee Konitz and Martial Solal perform. HDTT and IPI have released another gem.
Lee Konitz is really a genius in jazz. His tone and harmonies very classical. In this album, Konitz is in duet with Martial Solal is perfectly weaved. The playing is stellar. This Jazz album is a very good musical gem. Thanks to the Sound Engineer - Jonathan Horwich for an excellent recording transfer from the tapes.
This album is just excellent. The sound quality is great!
Not one of my favorites. I prefer more synergy between the players. If looking for a good sax-piano duet I would check out the Jeremy Kahn Duets. Much more musical.
A gem from the past
Two masters at work creating a fresh approach to well known songs
Recording Info: Sound Engineer - Jonathan Horwich
Tape Recorder - Recorded at 30 ips Studer ABO ML 5 (Mark Levinson Modifications)
Microphones - 2 B&K omnidirectional microphones
Custom Concert Grand piano by Mark Allen
Recorded 20 February 1979 in Portland, Oregon
1. Cherokee 7:25
2. Unknown 2:50
3. Billie's Bounce 4:37
4. Unknown 8:21
5. Star Eyes 6:49
Total Time 30:02
Lee Konitz is considered by many, including this writer, to be a genius in jazz. His historic work with Warne Marsh as part of the Tristano school of jazz has never been surpassed. Later, after his work in the Tristano school, his tone and harmonies moved away from that strict structure into something very much his own -- and very classical and European. Here, Konitz is in duet with the great European pianist, Martial Solal, whose playing compliments and interweaves with Konitz perfectly. The playing is stellar. Fortuitously, I captured the performance on a Levinson/Studer ML5 30ips tape deck, with just two B&K omnidirectional instrument microphones, in a gorgeous hall on one of the greatest pianos ever built, the Mark Allen concert grand. After hearing this recording several times recently, I believe it embodies all that I have tried to achieve with jazz in concert with great audio. A musical and audio gem.
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