Ernie Royal, Irving 'Marky' Markowitz, Phil Sunkel (tp), Bob Brookmeyer (vtb), Eddie Bert, Billy Byers (tb), Lee Konitz, Hal McKusick (as), Warne Marsh, Ted Brown (ts), Jimmy Giuffre (bs), Jim Hall (p), Bill Evans (p), Buddy Clark (b), Roy Haynes (d)
Reference: FSRCD 565
Two Lee Konitz with Jimmy Giuffre collaborations reunited here on one CD. In Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre, Jimmy contributed as soloist and arranger of a five-piece saxophone section. The thoughtful, contrapuntal writing creates a delicate mood, where everybody gets a chance to blow, and the engaging work of Konitz, Bill Evans, and Warne Marsh provides extremely rewarding moments. On You and Lee, Jimmy employed only a brass section and rhythm to back the altoist. He chose to keep the brass tightly muted, working always as a section, with no individual solos. In all, these sessions are a skillful, fascinating mixture of tonal beauty and emotional improvising.
01. Sompm Outa Nothin
02. Someone to Watch Over Me
04. Moonlight in Vermont
05. The Song Is You
06. Palo Alto
07. Darn that Dream
08. When Your Lover Has Gone
09. Cork n Bib
10. Im Getting Sentimental over You
11. You Dont Know What Love Is
12. I Didnt Know about You
13. Evrything Ive Got (Belongs to You)
14. Youre Clear out of this World
15. You Are Too Beautiful
16. The More I See You
17. Youre Driving Me Crazy
Total time: 75:10 min.
Tracks #1-9 originally issued as "Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre" (Verve MGV-8362).
Tracks #10-17 originally issued as "You And Lee" (verve MGV-8335).
Personnel on "Meets Jimmy Giuffre":
Lee Konitz, Hal McKusick (as), Warne Marsh, Ted Brown (ts), Jimmy Giuffre (bs), Bill Evans (p), Buddy Clark (b) and Ronnie Free (d).
Recorded in New York City, on May 12 (#1-5) & 13 (#6-9), 1959.
Personnel on "You And Lee":
Ernie Royal, Irving Marky Markowitz, Phil Sunkel (tp), Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Eddie Bert, Billy Byers (tb), Lee Konitz (as), Bill Evans (p), Sonny Dallas (b), Roy Haynes (d). Jimmy Giuffre (arranger).
On tracks #14-17: Eddie Bert and Bill Evans out. Jim Hall (g), added.
Recorded in New York City, on October 29 (#10-13) & 30 (#14-17), 1959.
Original recordings produced by Norman Granz.
-You And Lee
"One of the lesser-known Lee Konitz albums, this LP [...] features the altoist joined by six brass and a rhythm section for eight Jimmy Giuffre arrangements. The shouting brass contrasts well with Konitz's cool-toned solos and together they perform eight underplayed standards. Guitarist Jim Hall and pianist Bill Evans (who are on four songs apiece) are major assets behind Konitz on this pleasing set."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide