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Lee Konitz: Three Guys

Track List

>It's You
>Come Rain or Come Shine
>From Time to Time
>Ladies' Waders
>Johnny Broken Wing
>Minor Blues in F, A

Album Reviews:

The Wire (9/99, p.50) - "...a dream team for improvisational freedom and interaction....Paul Motian plays a suprising amount of time, but still with great freedom. Swallow's electric bass is precise and delicate. Konitz himself is a musician who knows his worth..."

CMJ (12/20/99, p.28) - "...a sublime and compelling listening excursion."

JazzTimes (3/00, pp.80-1) - "...will appeal primarily to the diehards....All three play well....Swallow really controls the flow with very interesting figures which utilize partial chord forms very effectively on his five-string electric bass..."

Album Notes

/Steve Swallow/Paul Motian.

Personnel: Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Steve Swallow (electric bass); Paul Motian (drums).

Recorded at DRS Studio, Zurich, Switzerland on May 4 & 5, 1998. Includes liner notes by Lee Konitz.

Personnel: Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Steve Swallow (electric bass); Paul Motian (drums).

Recording information: DRS Studio, Zurich, Switzerland (05/04/1998/05/05/1998).

Photographer: Ssirus Pakzad.

Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, and Paul Motian are not merely three talented musicians. They are three uniquely creative instrumentalists who have made their own signature statements on their respective axes and invented singular voices in the process. When the three came together on the subtly titled THREE GUYS, a veritable maelstrom of unbridled creativity ensued.

Konitz's peculiar wail, Swallow's supple, snaking lines, and Motian's impressionistic colors mesh into a liquid sound that captures the listener's attention immediately. They are at once smooth and jarring on readings of the standard "Come Rain or Come Shine" or Jobim's "Luiza." The trio bends and stretches the possibilities of group improvisation on markedly ingenious original creations like Motian's "From Time to Time," which features the composer in an explosive opening solo. Swallow's compelling swinger "Ladies' Waders" is a delightful romp that rings uncannily familiar in its approach to tradition. Finally, Konitz's closing "A Minor Blues In F," despite its simple title, is a masterful piece that finds the trio marking a new level in creative collaboration.


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