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Subject: The great Lee Konitz was a brilliant unsung pioneer of the bebop, cool jazz, and avant-garde jazz scene of mid-20th century and beyond, outliving all his contemporaries Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, and countless others. ...

"Ice Cream Konitz"
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Date Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 07:54:52pm
In reply to: Ed Tracey 's message, "Jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz, a career of nine decades, at age 92 due to Covid-19 ......." on Wednesday, April 15, 07:41:03pm


Lee Konitz
(October 13, 1927 - April 15, 2020)

He has performed successfully in a wide range of jazz styles, including bebop, cool jazz, and avant-garde jazz. Konitz's association with the cool jazz movement of the 1940s and 1950s includes participation in Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool sessions and his work with pianist Lennie Tristano. He was notable during this era as one of relatively few alto saxophonists to retain a distinctive style when Charlie Parker exerted a massive influence.

Like other students of Tristano, Konitz was noted for improvising long, melodic lines with the rhythmic interest coming from odd accents, or odd note groupings suggestive of the imposition of one time signature over another. Other saxophonists were strongly influenced by Konitz, notably Paul Desmond and Art Pepper.

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Unless he started singing and playing instruments when he wasn't even two, then I don't believe his career in music lasted 90 years. (NT)Do the math.Thursday, April 16, 08:51:40am

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