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
Bar code: 8427328605656
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.
-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
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