Lee Konitz (featuring Elvin Jones): You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To


You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To


Lee Konitz (alto sax)


Motion (Verve 314 557 107-2)

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Lee Konitz (alto sax), Elvin Jones (drums),

Sonny Dallas (bass)


Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: New York, August 29, 1961


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Lee Konitz and Elvin Jones at first might not seem like a match made in heaven. Konitz's spacious, cerebral choices certainly contrast in style with Jones's sustained intensity. Yet after listening to just the first minute of this 10-minute track, it all makes perfect sense. Konitz presents his lines and leaves room for Jones to respond to the point where solo sections sound more like trading fours and eights than a single musician's statement. It is also quite interesting to compare Elvin in this pianoless trio setting with Sonny Rollins's likewise-pianoless trio from four years earlier. In the interim, 1957's exciting, new, rough-around-the-edges ideas have become a masterfully refined personal style. Notice the addition of another Jones feature here: the doubling of certain parts of triplets between his snare drum and bass drum (01:25-01:30).

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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