"The best way to hone a craft is through apprenticeship to a master.Occasionally, there is a give and take between the two involved that can foster mutual growth and exploration.
Legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz has never shied from opportunities to play with far younger musicians to both challenge himself and to pass on knowledge garnered over his extraordinary career.
On the new CD DuosWith Lee, Konitz partners with an extremely talented musician 50 years his junior, pianist Dan Tepfer. Konitz is no stranger to duo recordings and finds a receptive accomplice in Tepfer who can follow Konitz’s renowned melodic flights and provide his own intriguing ruminations.While Konitz’s career is well known, Tepfer is an up and coming performer who has received much critical attention over his short career. The Brooklyn based pianist was born in Paris to American parents and took to music early. He has won numerous awards for his playing and has collaborated with a number of highly regarded musicians including Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer and Charles McPherson. Duos With Lee finds two musicians at two very different points of their careers joining together to improvise and make a vibrant musical statement."
I've been a fan of big band jazz since I was about eleven years old. Which, surprisingly even to me, was about fifty-eight years ago. Some big band music can become pedantic or predictable. Not this. It has drive and variation. This is a set of virtuoso performances in a big band setting. Especially Ethan. This album does Bud Powell justice. robertdn
I am not surprised at how good this is. Thumbscrew are terrific and Anthony Braxton's music is always interesting and moving in different directions. I can not stop listening to this. The recording itself is so well done. It is a deep sound to crawl inside. liclon