Lee Konitz & The Gerry Mulligan Quartet: Too Marvelous For Words


Too Marvelous For Words


Lee Konitz (alto sax)


Konitz Meets Mulligan (Blue Note 46847)

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Lee Konitz (alto sax), Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), Chet Baker (trumpet), Carson Smith (bass), Larry Bunker (drums).

Composed by Richard Whiting & Johnny Mercer


Recorded: live at The Haig, Los Angeles, January 1953


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

The highly original alto saxophonist Lee Konitz came to prominence with small groups led by cool jazz pioneer Lennie Tristano in the late 1940s. But by early 1953 he was appearing as a featured soloist with Stan Kenton's big band. On nights off during the band's Los Angeles stay, Konitz joined Gerry Mulligan's popular pianoless quartet at a local club. "Too Marvelous for Words," with the altoist as the only soloist, was recorded live. It finds Konitz at the top of his game, generating a seemingly endless stream of fresh ideas expressed through a pure, Lester Young-influenced tone and a prodigious technique.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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