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Alto Summit is an album by saxophonists Lee Konitz, Pony Poindexter, Phil Woods and Leo Wright recorded in West Germany in 1968 and released on the MPS label.[1][2][3][4] The album was released in the US on Prestige Records.[5]

Alto Summit
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Studio album by
RecordedJune 2–3, 1968
StudioMPS Tonstudio, Villingen, Black Forest, West Germany
MPS 15 192
ProducerJoachim E. Berendt
Lee Konitz chronology
The Lee Konitz Duets
Alto Summit
European Episode
Pony Poindexter chronology
Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter
Alto Summit
The Happy Life of Pony
Phil Woods chronology
Greek Cooking
Alto Summit
Round Trip
Leo Wright chronology
Flöte + Alt-Sax
Alto Summit
It's All Wright
Prestige Records Cover
The Alto Summit.jpg

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [6]

Scott Yanow of Allmusic said "This unusual album teams together the altos of Lee Konitz, Pony Poindexter, Phil Woods and Leo Wright (along with pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen) on a variety of challenging material. There are four pieces for the full septet (including one that pays tribute to both Bach and Bird), a pair of quintet performances and a ballad medley that ends in a complete fiasco (it has to be heard to be believed). Despite the latter, everyone fares well on this summit meeting".[6]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Native Land" (Curtis Amy) – 6:13
  2. "Ballad Medley: Skylark/Blue and Sentimental/Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You/Body and Soul" (Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer/Count Basie, Jerry Livingston, Mack David/Andy Razaf, Don Redman/Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton) – 11:15
  3. "Prompt" (Benny Bailey) – 5:40
  4. "The Perils of Poda" (Phil Woods) – 5:12
  5. "Good Booty" (Pony Poindexter) – 8:14
  6. "Lee O's Blues" (Leo Wright, Lee Konitz) – 4:30
  7. "Lee's Tribute to Bach and Bird" (Johann Sebastian Bach/Charlie Parker) – 4:20



  1. ^ Lee Konitz discography accessed November 29, 2016
  2. ^ Di Filippo, R., Enciclopedia del Jazz: Lee Konitz accessed November 28, 2016
  3. ^ MPS Records: album entry Archived 2016-11-29 at the Wayback Machine accessed November 29, 2016
  4. ^ Spiral Quest: album entry accessed November 29, 2016
  5. ^ Prestige Records Catalog: 7600 series accessed November 29, 2016
  6. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Alto Summit – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 29, 2016.