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Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh – Lee Konitz With Warne Marsh (Speakers Corner)

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A dream come true: Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke - plus Billy Bauer on guitar and alternately Ronnie Ball (GB) or Sal Mosca (USA) on piano. No wonder that the improvisation artists from the Tristano school are going wild.

In the Atlantic Studio in June 1955, standards were the starting point for the long, mature improvisation chains of Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh, at that time still students of the great guru from Chicago. Even though the titles are designated as original compositions, such as "Background Music" or "Ronnie's Line", they are nothing but arrangements of "All Of Me" or "That Old Feeling" - but on the highest level. Lee Konitz always calls this 'The 12th step'. The repertoire is further enriched by rarely heard original compositions by the great Oscar Pettiford.

Time-keeping' - an almost untranslatable word creation of jazz musicians - is the most important element between "Donna Lee" and "There Will Never Be Another You" - and there is probably no more suitable drummer for this than Kenny 'Klook' Clarke, who lived in the USA at that time, before the Paris of the 50-70s became his adopted country without racial discrimination.

Sure - you can also buy the recordings on various digital sound carriers. But what's that against a full, black disc and a cover with the liner notes of the famous Barry Ulanov.

By the way: One of the musicians is still on the road. You can often hear and see Lee Konitz somewhere in Europe with anyone. Even when he was almost 91 years old.

This Speakers Corner production was made using analog master tape and mastering 100% pure analog All licenses and GEMA contributions were paid. Recorded: June 1955 at Coastal Studio, New York City, by Tom Dowd in mono Production: Nesuhi Ertegun


"... relaxing and skillful is the cool sound, due to the time naturally in mono, which one quickly forgets in view of the natural reproduction of the instruments (stereo, March 2019)

"... like alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and tenorist Warne Marsh, both students of the great Lenny Tristano, celebrate the coolest bop here, how they blow the themes together makes the ears rejoice even in mono. And then the Rhythm Section with bassist Oscar Petiford and drummer Kenny Clarke, whose cymbal work is simply world class (audio, March 2019)

Release details

Label: Atlantic, Speakers Corner Records
Format: LP, Album, Reissue
Units: 1
Country: Germany
Released: 2018
Genre: Jazz
Style: Cool Jazz


A1 Topsy
A2 There Will Never Be Another You
A3 I Can'T Get Started
A4 Donna Lee
B1 Two Not One
B2 Don'T Squawk
B3 Ronnie'S Line
B4 Background Music