Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh: Topsy




Lee Konitz (alto sax) and Warne Marsh (tenor sax)


Lee Konitz With Warne Marsh (Koch 8502)

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Lee Konitz (alto sax), Warne Marsh (tenor sax), Billy Bauer (guitar), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums).

Recorded: New York, June 14, 1955


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

           Lee Konitz, Miles Davis, Art Blakey and
      Bud Powell at Birdland
, photo by Marcel Fleiss

Beginning in the late 1940s, cool alto saxophonist Lee Konitz earned a reputation as one of the most original improvisers in jazz. While many altoists were imitating Charlie Parker, Konitz was developing a phraseology all his own. On the Count Basie classic “Topsy,” he and two former colleagues from pianist Lennie Tristano’s groups are joined by bebop pioneers Kenny Clarke on drums and Oscar Pettiford on bass. Since Konitz and tenorist Warne Marsh shared similar tonal concepts and improvisatory approaches, they made a highly compatible and successful team.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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  • 1 Enrique Moreno // Sep 30, 2008 at 01:24 PM
    Include pianist Sal Mosca.