Konitz is an album by saxophonist and bandleader Lee Konitz featuring performances recorded in 1954 which was originally released as a 10-inch LP on George Wein's Storyville label.[1] The album was rereleased with additional alternate takes on CD in 1989 on the Black Lion label.[2]

Konitz
Studio album by
Released1954
RecordedAugust 6, 1954
StudioNYC
GenreJazz
Length47:38 CD reissue with alternate takes
LabelStoryville
LP-313
ProducerGeorge Wein
Lee Konitz chronology
Lee Konitz at Storyville
(1954)
Konitz
(1954)
Lee Konitz in Harvard Square
(1954-55)
Black Lion Cover

Reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [3]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow stated "The 1954 Lee Konitz Quartet did not last long but they did record some worthwhile performances that still sound fresh over 40 years later. ... Altoist Konitz is ably assisted by pianist Ronnie Ball, bassist Peter Ind and drummer Jeff Morton on cool/bop performances which give one a good sampling of how Konitz sounded in his early prime".[3]

Track listing edit

All compositions by Lee Konitz except where noted

  1. "Bop Goes the Leesel" [Take 5] (Warne Marsh) – 2:12
  2. "Easy Livin'" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 3:08
  3. "Mean to Me" [Take 4] (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk) – 3:49
  4. "I'll Remember April" [Take 3] (Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston, Don Raye) – 5:38
  5. "317 East 32nd" (Lennie Tristano) – 4:02
  6. "Skylark" (Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer) – 3:05
  7. "Nursery Rhyme" [Take 12] – 3:16
  8. "Limehouse Blues" (Philip Braham, Douglas Furber) – 3:05
  9. "Bop Goes the Leesel" [Take 1] (Marsh) – 2:44 Bonus track on CD reissue
  10. "Bop Goes the Leesel" [Take 2] (Marsh) – 2:51 Bonus track on CD reissue
  11. "Mean to Me" [Take 1] (Ahlert, Turk) – 3:39 Bonus track on CD reissue
  12. "Nursery Rhyme' [Take 1] – 3:38 Bonus track on CD reissue
  13. "Nursery Rhyme" [Take 4] – 3:13 Bonus track on CD reissue
  14. "Nursery Rhyme" [Take 5] – 3:55 Bonus track on CD reissue

Personnel edit

References edit

  1. ^ Lee Konitz discography accessed June 2, 2017
  2. ^ Discogs album entry accessed June 2, 2017
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Konitz – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 2, 2017.