Strings for Holiday

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Always eager to record in new situations, on this CD Lee Konitz is showcased with a string sextet two violins, violas and cellos, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Matt Wilson. The cool-toned altoist pays tribute during a dozen songs to both Billie Holiday and in a more subtle fashion tenor great Lester Young, two of his early idols. Daniel Schnyder contributed all of the arrangements for the set. Rather than weighing down the proceedings, Schnyder has the strings adding rich harmonies and phrases that seem to anticipate the leader's phrases, and they even swing. Lee Konitz, who added a vibrato to his sound for the project so he could recreate some of Billie Holiday's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Always eager to record in new situations, on this CD Lee Konitz is showcased with a string sextet two violins, violas and cellos, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Matt Wilson. The cool-toned altoist pays tribute during a dozen songs to both Billie Holiday and in a more subtle fashion tenor great Lester Young, two of his early idols. Daniel Schnyder contributed all of the arrangements for the set. Rather than weighing down the proceedings, Schnyder has the strings adding rich harmonies and phrases that seem to anticipate the leader's phrases, and they even swing. Lee Konitz, who added a vibrato to his sound for the project so he could recreate some of Billie Holiday's feeling, handles the ballads and medium-tempo material beautifully. Highlights include "The Man I Love," "I Cried For You," "All Of Me" and "Easy Living." A memorable and heartfelt effort by all concerned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Enja
  • UPC: 063757930426
  • Catalog Number: 9304
  • Sales rank: 385,700

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Man I Love (4:26)
  2. 2 You've Changed (5:04)
  3. 3 God Bless the Child (4:27)
  4. 4 But Beautiful (6:06)
  5. 5 I Cried for You (5:18)
  6. 6 Loverman (5:30)
  7. 7 All of Me (4:19)
  8. 8 Good Morning Heartache (5:26)
  9. 9 For Heaven's Sake (5:23)
  10. 10 Easy Living (4:48)
  11. 11 These Foolish Things (4:46)
  12. 12 For All We Know (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Konitz Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Michael Formanek Double Bass
Mark Feldman Violin
Erik Friedlander Cello
Jill Jaffe Viola
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Daniel Pezzotti Cello
Matt Wilson Drums
Ron Lawrence Viola
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Abe Lyman Composer
Daniel Schnyder Producer, String Arrangements
Jim Anderson Engineer, Contributor
Gus Arnheim Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Allan Tucker Mastering
Matthias Winckelmann Executive Producer
Elise Bretton Composer
W. Patrick Hinely Liner Notes
Seymour Simons Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Don Meyer Composer
Sherman Edwards Composer
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