Walter Lang & Lee Konitz: Farewell
Ashiya (Pirouet Records PIT 3026)
Recorded: Munich, July 20 & 21, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
For decades, Lee Konitz has shown a special liking for duets. In this context he has often favored pianists, many of them European. After the likes of Martial Solal or Enrico Pieranunzi, Lang – though fairly unknown outside of Germany – appears to be one of the best choices of accompanist the veteran alto player has made recently. On this track, as on most of Ashiya, Lang’s melodic talent as a composer and sparse, clear harmonic piano support create an atmosphere of vibrating melancholy. In this inspiring context, Konitz’s improvisational skills reach a rare level of understated emotion.
Reviewer: Thierry QuĂ©num