Walter Lang & Lee Konitz: Farewell




Walter Lang (piano) and Lee Konitz (alto sax)


Ashiya (Pirouet Records PIT 3026)

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Walter Lang (piano), Lee Konitz (alto sax).

Composed by Walter Lang


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 Quénum

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