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Jazz Chronicles with Michael Pelias – Lee Konitz Part II

In this episode of Jazz Chron­i­cles, Michael Pelias plays Lee Konitz in the sec­ond install­ment of his Lee Kon­tiz series. 

Lee Konitz (born Octo­ber 13, 1927) is an Amer­i­can com­pos­er and alto saxophonist. 

He has per­formed suc­cess­ful­ly in a wide range of jazz styles, includ­ing bebop, cool jazz, and avant-garde jazz. Konitz’s asso­ci­a­tion with the cool jazz move­ment of the 1940s and 1950s includes par­tic­i­pa­tion in Miles Davis’s Birth of the Cool ses­sions and his work with pianist Lennie Tris­tano. He was notable dur­ing this era as one of rel­a­tive­ly few alto sax­o­phon­ists to retain a dis­tinc­tive style when Char­lie Park­er exert­ed a mas­sive influence. 

Like oth­er stu­dents of Tris­tano, Konitz 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. 

Oth­er sax­o­phon­ists were strong­ly influ­enced by Konitz, notably Paul Desmond and Art Pepper.

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