Down Beat (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Tepfer eschews jarring dissonances, gratuitous clusters or poundings. Both players have the ability to disappear into the music as they're making it."
JazzTimes (p.62) - "Tepfer plays a spritely semi-classical foundation in 'F#,' to which his partner responds slowly with warm notes."
Personnel: Dan Tepfer (piano); Lee Konitz (alto saxophone).
Audio Mixer: Paul Wickliffe.
Liner Note Author: Dan Tepfer.
Recording information: Sear Sound, NY (12/13/2008/03/05/2009); Studio De Meudon, France (12/13/2008/03/05/2009).
The young pianist Dan Tepfer had been working as a sideman with Lee Konitz since early 2007 prior to these studio sessions because the veteran alto saxophonist was drawn to Tepfer's creative, open-minded approach. This is Tepfer's second CD under his name, a duo date for which they recorded a number of standards and improvised pieces. Their ten "Elande" duo improvisations vary widely in character, conceived in ten different keys, lasting from barely over a minute to just under four and a half minutes, in which the two complement and inspire one another, without going on so long that they lose the listener. At times, a song that inspired the "Elande" may briefly come into view, such as the free-spirited "Elande No. 10 (Free for Paree)" eventually working its way into a comical detour into "The Last Time I Saw Paris." Tepfer's "Merka Tikva" is a mostly composed work with a haunting melody, while the pianist's "No Lee" is an eerie solo improvisation that seems like a fully formed composition. They close with an exotic treatment of "Trees," a song from the 1920s that retains its relaxing flavor in a very modern setting.