The Real Lee Konitz

The Real Lee Konitz


Lee Konitz (alto sax), Don Ferrara (trumpet), Billy Bauer (guitar), Peter Ind (bass), Dick Scott (drums)

Atlantic 1273

Rhino Records Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - Straightaway
A2 - Foolin' Myself
A3 - You Go to My Head
A4 - My Melancholy Baby
B1 - Pennies in Minor
B2 - Sweet and Lovely
B3 - Easy Livin'
B4 - Midway

Recorded February 15, 1957 live at The Midway Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA.

"Konitz’s diehard fans must be a happy bunch; between the fairly constant stream of reissues and the frequent new releases, people who can’t get enough of Lee can at least get a lot. As I’ve said before on these pages, I am one of the people that like some but not all Konitz. Even though he always plays well, my real love is the hard-bop stylists. I mention this because I think others with similar tastes who have given up on the neo-boppers should consider going back to early Konitz. Even if his approach seems less gutsy and his tone thin to ears habituated to Jackie McLean, I don’t see how anyone who likes modern jazz can resist The Real Lee Konitz. The recording dates from a two-week engagement at a club in Pittsburgh in 1957 and features a quartet with guitarist Billy Bauer, bassman Peter Ind, and drummer Dick Scott. Trumpeter Don Ferrara joins in on two numbers. This is an outstanding record, even by late ’50s standards. Konitz is “cerebral” in that he thinks fast and builds his solos brilliantly-the same is true of any great soloist. And his tone might be called “cool,” but he’s a very emotional player. The fact that these musicians knew each other well is born out in consistently fine group interaction. (Was this the humble beginning of Ind’s illustrious career as a recording engineer?)" - Duck Baker, Jazz Time

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.