Lee Konitz: Thingin'




Lee Konitz (alto sax)


Three Guys (Enja)

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Lee Konitz (alto sax), Steve Swallow (electric bass), Paul Motian (drums).

Composed by Lee Konitz


Recorded: Zurich, Switzerland, May, 4-5 1998


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

"Thingin'" is Lee Konitz's personal vision of the "All the Things You Are" chord sequence, and he has recorded it in almost every second record he's made during the last 10 years or so. This shows how imaginative one can get on such an ageless pattern, even in a trio context such as this, where the harmonic support is scarce. Actually this track begins with a long solo intro by Steve Swallow's electric bass, weaving beautiful elastic lines around the harmonic structure of the theme for more than 2 minutes before Paul Motian enters, then Konitz. Both play in a very free yet melodic way while Swallow keeps the time, and hearing Konitz explore once more the secret angles of this theme is a lesson in improvisation. As for Motian, his drums sing as much as they beat. In fact, Konitz waits until the last minute of the song before stating the melody he penned on the Jerome Kern harmonies. But who cares? These "three guys" have taken us by the hand along an unusual road full of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic beauty, and shown us on the way that old and new are useless notions when one is led by such creative artists.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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