Lee Konitz & Jimmy Giuffre: Palo Alto
Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre (Verve 527 780-2)
Ted Brown (tenor sax), Buddy Clark (bass), Ronnie Free (drums).
Composed by Lee Konitz. Arranged by Jimmy Giuffre.
Recorded: New York, May 12 & 13,1959
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
A flowing though rather abstract melody penned by Lee Konitz, wrapped in the smooth yet swinging arrangement of his partner Jimmy Giuffre, this spells cool jazz at its best. Konitz's sinewy alto blows its way through his solo with supreme, relaxed creativity while the airy sound of the four other reeds weaves a supple tapestry of refined countermelodies around it. The rhythm section, led by Bill Evans, is a model of fluidity and elegance, and the whole thing casts the discreet and intense glow of a gem in its velvet setting. This collective effort by Konitz, Giuffre and their colleagues is definitely one of the major achievements of the so-called "cool school."
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum