LEE KONITZ: Live At Birdland

Lee Konitz – Alto saxophone
Brad Mehldau – Piano
Charlie Haden – Bass
Paul Motian – Drums

Expectations can run high when veteran musicians of consistently high caliber come up with a new recording. The four jazz masters on Live at Birdland do not disappoint. The disc documents an impromptu jam session over two nights––December 9 and 10, 2010––between altoist Lee Konitz, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian. The four men are captured loosely interpreting six standards without any prior rehearsal. Perhaps because the pieces are not originals the musicians’ improvised solos are freer and more unfettered.

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