Personnel: Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Warne Marsh (tenor saxophone); Lennie Tristano, Sal Mosca (piano); Billy Bauer (guitar); Arnold Fishkin (bass); Shelly Manne, Denzil Best, Jeff Morton (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York. Originally released on Prestige (7004). Includes original liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz's original mentor, Lennie Tristano, appears on the first five tracks of this seminal 1955 LP, which gathers some of the greatest original bop recordings ever recorded (1949-50). They also make a nice companion set to Tristano's own revolutionary sextet sessions for Capitol, which original featured Konitz and his dueling saxophone twin, tenorist Warne Marsh. Marsh dances deftly here with Konitz on four sides, including "Fishin' Around" and "Tautology." What with his participation in the original Birth Of The Cool sessions, 1949 was truly an excellent year for Lee Konitz.
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