Lee Konitz, alto sxophone; Mark Masters Ensemble; featuring; Gary Foster, saxophone; Bill Perkins, saxophone, Bob Enevoldsen, trombone; Ron Stout, trombone; Steve Huffstetter, trumpet; Putter Smith, Bass; Jack Montrose, saxophone; Cecilia Coleman, piano
Veteran alto player Lee Konitz guests with the Mark Masters Ensemble; Masters arranged all the numbers of mostly Konitz originals, many of which were based on standards. Konitz, aged 73 when he made this album, remains an inventive and searching player. He says, "If I think I am about to repeat myself, I take the mouthpiece out of my mouth." Starting with "Thingin'", based on "All The Things You Are", produces some nice touches from the piano of Cecilia Coleman and the trumpet of Steve Huffstetter; "Dream Stepper", based on "You Stepped Out Of A Dream", has a tense feel to it, encouraged by the mixing of key signatures. "Gundula" produces a haunting feel and a good contribution from the bass of Putter Smith; "317 East 32nd. Street" is a Masters orchestration of a 1954 Konitz album, a wonderful exchange towards the end of this track between Konitz and the alto of Gary Foster. There is a lot going on in this album, it will have to be played more than once before it offers up all it's secrets.
by Ferdinand Maylin
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