Strings for Holiday

Strings for Holiday

by Lee Konitz


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Strings for Holiday

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2005
Label: Enja
UPC: 0063757930426
catalogNumber: 9304

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
Abe Lyman   Composer
Daniel Schnyder   Producer,String Arrangements
Jim Anderson   Engineer,Contributor
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
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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