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Lee Konitz

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: October 13, 1927    

Konitz is sometimes regarded as the preeminent cool jazz saxophonist, because he performed and recorded with Claude Thornhill, Lennie Tristano (both often cited as important cool jazz proponents of the mid 1940s), and with Miles Davis on his epochal Birth of the Cool, which gave the form its name.

Konitz has also been repeatedly noted as one of the few jazz saxophonists of the late 1940s and 1950s who did not seem imitative of the massively influential Charlie Parker.

In the early 1950s, Konitz recorded and toured with Stan Kenton's orchestra.

In 1961, he recorded Motion with Elvin Jones on drums and Sonny Dallas on bass. This spontaneous session, widely regarded as a classic in the cool genre, consisted entirely of standards. The loose trio format aptly featured Konitz's unorthodox phrasing and chromaticism....
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    First Meeting

    Whirlwind Recordings Ltd
    2014
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    Lee Konitz: Four Classic Albums

    Avid Records UK
    2012
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    Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note

    Half Note Records
    2012
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    Enfants Terribles

    Blue Note
    2012
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    Insight

    Blue Note
    2011
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    Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian: Live at Birdland

    ECM Records
    2011
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    Knowinglee

    OutNote Records
    2011
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Whirlwind Recordings Ltd (2014)

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