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Don Friedman/Lee Konitz/Attila Zoller: Thingin'

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (10/96, p.49) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...palpable presence...so vivid that it is a shock when the room breaks out in applause and you realize that this is a live album....The crystalline sonic quality bathes this trio in bright light, rendering the opposing yet complementary timbres of three instruments, as well as the most intimate nuances of their interweaving..."

JazzTimes (9/96, p.118) - "...The finally felicitous coincidence of this never-before-again trio...shows collective affinity for melodic creativity....these three spin out lines and counterlines with disarming ease and fluidity, never missing the time-honored accoutrements of swing, bass and drums..."

JazzTimes (11/00, pp.93-4) - "...These 3 musicians perform live and seem very relaxed....It's a pleasure to hear them work....Their playing is almost clichT-free...and masterful; they never run out of ideas and their playing is always coherent..."

Album Notes

Full performer name: Lee Konitz/Don Friedman/Attila Zoller.

Personnel: Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Don Friedman (piano); Attila Zoller (guitar).

Recorded live at Jazz Club Thalwill, Switzerland. Includes liner notes by Art Lange.

With the superb packaging and quality of sound for which the Swiss hatOLOGY label is noted, and the adventurous, Tristano-tinged blowing for which saxophonist Lee Konitz is known, this set of mostly originals ("Alone Together" being the exception) should satisfy a broad range of listeners. Joined by pianist Don Friedman and guitarist Attila Zoller, the trio dances gently with nuanced patter and exquisite precision, creating minor gems of graceful expansion. The unique instrumentation precisely fits the style of Konitz, bringing back memories of past encounters. Zollar adds a pleasing touch with his dry, lilting approach. If the session does not totally stand out from the wealth of others the saxophonist has led it is only because of the plethora of high quality disks Konitz has produced during his career. In every way, this one is a worthy contribution to his discography, with the characteristic beautiful and mellow tone, laid-back style, and advanced harmonics. ~ Steven Loewy


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