The important things have been said already at Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides (linked with the corresponding article).
I’m just adding a bit more music.
First we will hear Lee playing his altosax on the legendary stage at the Hollywood Palladium, in a broadcast from January 18, 1953; his big solo feature in Stan Kenton’s Orchestra was “Lover Man”.
Feel free to hear the first of two “Lover Man’s”, as arranged by Bill Russo.
We arrived in Munich, and Lee Konitz is putting the Bavarians In Lighter Vein (9/16/1953).
They surely needed getting cheered up with musical beauty because one third of Bavaria’s capital was still in ruins at this time.
Lee is flying off here, isn’t he? — Wow!
But what else would you expect from a master improvisor when he got backed by such an excellent crew: Barry Galbraith on guitar, Don Bagley on bass, and Stan Levey on drums. The arrangement is by Bill Holman (linked to the conductor’s sheet).
Before I will update this post with more fabulous tracks from another Stan Kenton concert tour, here once again Lee’s big ballad feature Lover Man, also from the concert in Munich.
Listen to Lee’s airy sound, to his extremely free rhythmical approach: No other of his contemporaries could come even close to his mastership; not even Art Pepper.
Stay tuned for more.
Sincerely yours truly,
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