Lee Konitz Quartet - Live At The Village Vanguard
Available on Qello Concerts
Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz was always enthusiastic, never clichéd, and forever creative. From Mozart-like sounds to free jazz, from lush ballads to the classic "Subconscious-Lee." This 1984 performance, backed by a stellar rhythm section of Roland Hanna (piano), George Mraz (bass), and Mel Lewis (drums) at The Village Vanguard, falls nothing short of masterful. Travel back in time to Lee Konitz's 1954 performances "Geneva's Move" and "Subconscious-Lee," with Don Elliott (piano), Warne Marsh (tenor saxophone), Mundell Lowe (guitar), Billy Taylor (piano) and Ed Thigpen (drums). The Village Vanguard opened in 1935 and is still in business today, making it the oldest operating jazz club in New York City. It earned international renown in the 1950s as the place where jazz careers set off and where the genre’s legends recorded their landmark albums. Enjoy these inspiring performances and revel at the ever-inventive Lee Konitz!