Lee Konitz

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Lee Konitz (born October 13, 1927) is an American jazz composer and alto saxophonist who was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Generally considered one of the main figures in the cool jazz movement, Konitz has also performed successfully in bebop and avant-garde settings. Konitz was one of the few altoists to retain a distinctive sound when Charlie Parker exercised a tremendous influence on other players.

Konitz, like other students of pianist and theoretician Lennie Tristano, was noted for improvising long, melodic lines with the rhythmic interest coming from odd accents, or odd note groupings suggestive of the imposition of one time signature over another. Paul Desmond and, especially, Art Pepper were strongly influenced by Konitz.

Konitz's association with the cool jazz movement of the 1940s and 50s, includes participation in Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool sessions, and his work with Lennie Tristano came from the same period. During his long career, Konitz has played with musicians from a wide variety of jazz styles.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 Swingtime Lee Konitz 1
1957 Inside Hi-Fi Lee Konitz 1
1957 Very Cool Lee Konitz 2
1958 An Image Lee Konitz with Strings 1
1959 Play the Arrangements of Jimmy Giuffre Bill Evans & Lee Konitz 4 1
1959 You and Lee Lee Konitz 1
1968 Stereokonitz Lee Konitz 1
1968 Zo-Ko-Ma Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz, Albert Mangelsdorff 5
1972 Worth While Konitz Lee Konitz 1
1976 I Concentrate on You Lee Konitz & Red Mitchell 2
1977 Tenorlee Lee Konitz 1
1977 Timespan Lee Konitz 1
1978 Duplicity Lee Konitz & Martial Solal 1
1980 Heroes Gil Evans & Lee Konitz 1
1982 High Jingo Lee Konitz and Art Pepper 1
1988 Konitz Meets Mulligan Lee Konitz 1
1989 Art of the Duo Albert Mangelsdorff & Lee Konitz 1
1989 Lee Konitz in Rio Lee Konitz 1
1989 Round & Round Lee Konitz 1
1992 Subconscious-Lee Lee Konitz 3
1993 Rhapsody II Lee Konitz 1
1995 Brazilian Rhapsody Lee Konitz & The Brazilian Band 1
1995 Breaths and Whispers Lee Konitz, Umberto Petrin 1
1996 Ezz-Thetic Lee Konitz 3
1996 Brazilian Serenade Lee Konitz & The Brazilian Band 1
1996 Inside Cole Porter Lee Konitz & Franco D'Andrea 1
1996 Strings for Holiday Lee Konitz 1
1997 Wild as Springtime Lee Konitz 1
1997 The Lee Konitz Duets Lee Konitz 1
1997 L'Age mür Konitz / Rava Quartet 1
1998 Where's the Blues Lee Konitz & Mario Rusca 1
1999 Another Shade of Blue Lee Konitz 1
1999 Sound of Surprise Lee Konitz 1
1999 Three Guys Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Paul Motion 1
2000 Thingin' Lee Konitz, Don Friedman, Attila Zoller 1
2001 Inside Rodgers Lee Konitz 1
2001 Some New Stuff Lee Konitz 1
2001 Unleemited Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner 1
2003 Toot Sweet Michel Petrucciani and Lee Konitz 1
2004 The Song Is You Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, Jack De Johnette, Pat Metheny, Lee Konitz & Miroslav Vitous 2
2005 When It's Time Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz, Larry Willis, Santi Debriano, Yoron Israel 1
2006 New Nonet Lee Konitz 1
2007 Ashiya Walter Lang & Lee Konitz 1
2007 Poetical Lee 81+15=96! Lee Konitz, Alessandro Lanzoni 1
2009 Duos with Lee Dan Tepfer & Lee Konitz 1
2013 Costumes Are Mandatory Iverson, Konitz, Grenadier, Rossy 1
Dialogues Lee Konitz with The Bert van den Brink Trio 1
Dovetail Lee Konitz 1
Lee Konitz With Warne Marsh Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh 1
Lone-Lee Lee Konitz 1

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