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Nine tracks from two albums that Konitz recorded with German pianist Frank Wunsch in the early 90s - "Into It - Solos and Duos" and "Frank-Lee Speaking" - beautiful soulful jazz dialog between two lyrical masters.

Konitz, Lee with Frank Wunsch
Insight: Solos And Duets

Konitz, Lee with Frank Wunsch: Insight: Solos And Duets (Jazzwerkstatt)
Label: Jazzwerkstatt    
Released in: Germany    

"It's probably stated any time his name comes up in discussion, but it bears repeating: Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz always seem to play a new song, even if the album lists a well-worn standard or one of his own oft-recorded compositions. "Lover Man," on his ECM release Live at Birdland, proved this a few months ago, as Konitz was not in the same city as the theme. Now, the only thing better than a new take on "Thingin'" is an unaccompanied version of his "All the Things You Are" expansion. It offers a private journey into the man's mind and is one of three solo pieces that open this disc.

These nine tracks come from two albums that Konitz recorded with German pianist Frank Wunsch, Into It - Solos and Duos and Frank-Lee Speaking, both originally released on West Wind in the early '90s. The matchup presents Konitz in a setting more akin to a chamber group than the ensembles in which he's often found. The rich natural echo of the brief solo "Three of Four" sets the tone for the six duet tracks, and it plays up the strength of Konitz's rich tone. The intro of "Starlight Variation" plays up the command he has throughout his horn's range. Wunsch brings a delicate quality to his interaction with the saxophonist, pushing him into an even more classical mood on "Echoes D'Eric Satie" or giving him the chance to switch mid-song to soprano during "Frankly Speaking."

Wunsch brings a delicate quality to his interaction with the saxophonist, pushing him toward a classical aesthetic on "Echoes D'Eric Satie" or giving him the chance to switch to soprano midway through "Frankly Speaking."-Mike Shanley, JazzTimes

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UPC: 4250079758784

Label: Jazzwerkstatt
Catalog ID: Jazzwerkstatt 116
Squidco Product Code: 15920

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Germany
Packaging: Jewel Tray in wrap-around box
Tracks 1, 6, 9 recorded at Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt/Main on September 29th, 1995. Tracks 2 & 3 recorded at Burgerhaus Lage on November 11th, 1993. Tracks 4 & 5 recorded at Musikhochschule Dortmund on October 8th, 1989. Track 7 recorded at St. Marienkirche, Kerpen-Sindorf on February 7th, 1993. Track 8 recorded at Burgerhaus Lage on March 10th, 1994.


Lee Kontiz-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

Frank Wunsch-piano

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Track Listing:

1. Thingin' 7:02

2. Three Of Four 4:06

3. Insight 1:25

4. Frank-Lee Speaking 4:08

5. Fortune 3:02

6. It's You 4:44

7. Echoes d'Eric Satie 6:31

8. Mexican Hayride: I Love You 4:44

9. Starlight Variation 6:06