Dig-It (Lee Konitz and Ted Brown album)

Dig-It is an album by saxophonists Lee Konitz and Ted Brown recorded in 1999 and released on the Danish SteepleChase label.[1][2][3][4]

Studio album by
Released1999 (1999)
RecordedMay 1999
LabelSteepleChase SCCD 31466
ProducerNils Winther
Lee Konitz chronology
Sound of Surprise
Ted Brown chronology
Free Spirit
Shades of Brown

Critical reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings    [5]

In JazzTimes, Duck Baker wrote: "A less known figure, Brown is nevertheless a wonderful player; his style basically as it was in the ’50s, occupying sort of a middle ground between Warne Marsh and Lester Young. It’s interesting to note the subtle difference in Konitz’s approach here, compared to his work with the like-minded Marsh. ... I’ve always felt that returning to this material brings out the best in Konitz, and it’s great to hear Brown again".[6] On All About Jazz, Marc Corotto noted "This reunion in a pianoless quartet is all about their mentor, Lennie Tristano. His music (their music) of the 1940/50’s paralleled bebop, but in a complex multi-layered way. Tristano was said to have instructed the two to play “...deliberately uninflected, in a neutral tone, concentrating instead on the solo.” This style, reflected on this release, is anything but unemotional. Konitz and Brown’s cool tones create a delicate internal tension that is and was a bridge between Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman".[7]

Track listing edit

All compositions by Lee Konitz except where noted

  1. "Smog Eyes" (Ted Brown) – 8:28
  2. "Dig-It" (Brown) – 8:03
  3. "317 E. 32nd Street" (Lennie Tristano) – 7:08
  4. "Dream Stepper" – 7:12
  5. "Down the Drain" – 4:34
  6. "Hi Beck" – 9:38
  7. "Featherbed" (Brown) – 9:04
  8. "Kary's Trance" – 6:43
  9. "Subconscious Lee" – 11:29

Personnel edit

References edit

  1. ^ Lee Konitz discography accessed May 30, 2017
  2. ^ Di Filippo, R., Enciclopedia del Jazz: Lee Konitz accessed May 30, 2017
  3. ^ SteepleChase Records discography, accessed May 30, 2017
  4. ^ SteepleChase Productions ApS, accessed May 30, 2017
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 839. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Baker, D. JazzTimes Review, March 1, 2000
  7. ^ Corrotto, M. All About Jazz Review, January 1, 2000