Subconscious-Lee [Original]

Subconscious-Lee [Original]

by Lee Konitz


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The 1949 Prestige recordings contained on this album are some of the greatest jazz performances ever, period. One happy fact of this genre that sometimes makes record collecting seem like a neat hobby is that some records are gatherings of many important players from particular scenes. In this case, that means not only is there wonderful playing from alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, but also great contributions from his usual gang of sidekicks, including pianist Lennie Tristano, tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, and guitarist Billy Bauer. The dozen tunes include a standard that Konitz has done many great interpretations of through his career, "You Go to My Head," but is largely a series of original compositions, some with heads as intricate as the route out of the labyrinth. This is one of these sessions in which there is a sense of wonder in the air, and at the same times the musicians seem to make the impossible seem easy. Some of these impressive feats that are accomplished so casually include the suggestion of several time feels in the course of a series of phrases, something the featured drummers such as Denzil Best react to strongly, audibly salivating with cymbal pulsations. There is also a warmth of tone throughout, in moments when the musicians are improvising together, giving the impression of being seated before a steadily growing mound of shimmering gold coins. The tunes on this album sometimes appear in a different sequence on reissues.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/1996
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218618625
catalogNumber: 186

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Konitz   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Shelly Manne   Drums
Warne Marsh   Tenor Saxophone
Lennie Tristano   Piano
Sal Mosca   Piano
Denzil Best   Drums
Jeff Morton   Drums
Arnold Fishkind   Bass
Oliver Strauch   Drums
Peter Decker   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Billy Bauer   Contributor
Lee Konitz   Composer
Shelly Manne   Contributor
Warne Marsh   Composer,Contributor
Lennie Tristano   Composer,Contributor
Sal Mosca   Contributor
Denzil Best   Contributor
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Jeff Morton   Contributor
Davis   Liner Notes
Arnold Fishkind   Contributor
Bob Parent   Cover Design
Wayne Marsh   Composer
Ralph Sauer   Illustrations

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