Personnel: Lee Konitz (alto & soprano saxophones), Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone, clarinet), Red Rodney, John Eckert (trumpets, flugelhorns), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Sam Burtis (bass trombone, tuba), Ben Aronov (piano, electric piano), Ray Drummond (acoustic bass), Billy Hart (drums).
Personnel: Lee Konitz (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (clarinet, baritone saxophone); John Eckert (trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn); Red Rodney (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jimmy Knepper (trombone); Sam Burtis (bass trombone, tuba); Benny Aronov (piano, electric piano); Billy Hart (drums).
Liner Note Author: Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: Laren Jazz Festival (08/12/1979).
Photographer: Tavia Konitz.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jimmy Knepper; Lee Konitz; Ray Drummond; Red Rodney; Ronnie Cuber; Billy Hart.
Arrangers: Gil Evans; Sy Johnson; Jimmy Knepper; Lee Konitz.
Lee Konitz revived his nonet for the occasion of this 1979 concert, with trumpeters Red Rodney and John Eckert, baritonist Ronnie Cuber, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, and tuba player/bass trombonist Sam Burtis joining him in the front line. Lennie Tristano's "April," a challenging reworking of the standard "I'll Remember April," proves to be an inspired opener, with great solos all around. Knepper's blues "Who You" has the flavor of Charles Mingus' early-'60s compositions. Konitz's scoring of "Without a Song" begins with an unaccompanied alto solo before taking on a Latin flavor. Pianist Benny Aronov switches to the electric keyboard for an intricate take of Chick Corea's "Times Lie," while the nonet charges head first into the lengthy exploration of Corea's "Matrix." One of the less familiar releases in Lee Konitz's extensive discography, this Soul Note CD is worth tracking down. ~ Ken Dryden