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037: Lee Konitz, ‘Alone Together’ (w. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau)

Taken by the corona virus at 92, a great musician, a paragon of integrity, a role model. Rest peaceful-lee.

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040: Lennie Tristano Quintet, ‘317 East 32nd’ (Live in Toronto 1952)

Desert Island music. Ice also burns.

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027: Lennie Tristano, ‘Wow’

An obscure club date by an obscure pianist and his band, forerunners of cool jazz.
Music for snobs, with some virtuosic playing that would make Paderewski blush.
Ice also burns.

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134: Lee Konitz, ‘Duende’

“Duende” in Spanish denotes both an evil little goblin and ‘a certain diabolical magic’which Lorca called “a sort of corkscrew that can get art into the sensibility of an audience.” The Lee Konitz ‘Duende’ (written for him by Chick Corea) has remained an obscure bluenote in a legendary career. But it wrenched my heart the first time I heard it, and has done so every time since.

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