Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note

Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note

by Bill Frisell
     
 

Lee Konitz joined forces with Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock, and Joey Baron for a week-long booking at the Blue Note in New York City in early June 2011 (though no one was officially designated as the leader), with highlights from two nights being selected for this CD. The always-surprising alto saxophonist has worked with numerousSee more details below

Overview

Lee Konitz joined forces with Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock, and Joey Baron for a week-long booking at the Blue Note in New York City in early June 2011 (though no one was officially designated as the leader), with highlights from two nights being selected for this CD. The always-surprising alto saxophonist has worked with numerous configurations of musicians during his six-decade career, always staying fresh and avoiding predictability; this meeting finds the quartet covering six standards in an introspective yet stimulating manner. "What Is This Thing Called Love" often sounds like an exercise for jazz groups as they travel its familiar path, yet only a hint of its structure remains in this version, which deftly utilizes space and darting lines. "Body & Soul" is a bit closer to its theme, with Konitz's brilliant improvisation leading the way as Frisell provides striking backgrounds then solos with equal gusto. It's likely that Konitz has played "I'll Remember April" for most of his career, but Frisell opens it alone with a striking, deliberate solo, followed by the rest of the quartet weaving superb countermelodies around him. Baron introduces "I Remember You" on drums, keeping the audience in suspense until the group reveals it gradually in a manner more humorous than sentimental. There is never a dull moment throughout these brilliant live performances.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2012
Label:
Halfnote Records
UPC:
0616892455226
catalogNumber:
924552

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Frisell   Primary Artist,Guitar
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone
Gary Peacock   Bass
Joey Baron   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Steven Remote   Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Jeff Levenson   Producer,Liner Notes
Tom Beckham   Art Direction
Robert Sour   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Patricia Johnston   Composer
Steven Bensusan   Executive Producer

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