- Recording Engineer: Peter Ind
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Atlantic 1273 (1961)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Originally recorded "live" at the Midway Lounge in Pittsburgh, this album was originally released by the Atlantic label in 1961. Personnel on the album include Lee Konitz on alto sax, Billy Bauer on guitar, Peter Ind on bass and Dick Scott on drums. Don Ferrara plays trumpet on "Pennies In Minor" and "Sweet And Lovely."
JazzTimes - 3/00, pp.80-1
"...how can anyone who likes modern jazz resist THE REAL LEE KONITZ?....This is an outstanding record, even by late '50s standards. Konitz is 'cerebral' in that he thinks fast and builds his solos brilliantly....consistently fine group interaction..."
- 2.Foolin' Myself
- 3.You Go To My Head
- 4.My Melancholy Baby
- 5.Pennies In Minor
- 6.Sweet And Lovely
- 7.Easy Livin'
Personnel: Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Don Ferrara (trumpet); Billy Bauer (guitar); Peter Ind (bass); Dick Scott (drums).
Recorded live at the Midway Lounge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 15, 1957. Originally released on Atlantic (1273). Includes liner notes by Lee Konitz.
Personnel: Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Billy Bauer (guitar); Don Ferrara (trumpet); Dick Scott (drums).
Liner Note Author: Lee Konitz.
Recording information: Midway Lounge, Pittsburgh.
Editor: Lee Konitz.
Saxophonist Lee Konitz has been consistently one of the most individual figures in jazz, and has excelled as both as leader and accompanist since the late '40s. He's fashioned a unique style, influenced heavily by pianist Lennie Tristano, and sufficiently so by alto legend Charlie Parker. While many jazz players find a niche and work it for the rest of their lives, Konitz has refused to stand still. He's played with a dizzying assortment of musicians, including Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and Derek Bailey.
This album was recorded live in a jazz club in Pittsburgh, P.A. in 1957, with players that share fine history with Konitz, like the superb "cool school" guitarist Billy Bauer. Konitz swings with blues-derived aplomb on "My Melancholy Baby." Peter Ind's bass playing is sturdy and sinuous, and the whole band sets up a swinging groove for Konitz to work out on. Some jazz critics have accused Konitz of being "too cerebral"--listen to the driving closer, "Midway," and wonder how anyone could say that. The recording quality throughout is very good--one can hear the clinking of glasses and bottles now and again, but that just adds to the good-time ambiance.