Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau: Live at Birdland - review

When pianist Brad Mehldau, sax legend Konitz and bassist Charlie Haden met on a session for Blue Note in 1997, he has not only demonstrated how sympathetic to improvise on familiar songs all three have been, but it has also developed the Brad Mehldau so little is known on the map. They meet on this captivating - totally premeditated, without even a programming - live set with Paul Motian, added to the battery. Konitz sometimes eerie sound alto and explorations to the meandering outside may suggest a rather ascetic music for those unused to intuitively spun improv that takes a view relaxed the integrity of the famous air. But the amplification uncanny of Brad Mehldau of the sentences of the Konitz and his solos breathtaking on the Lullaby of Birdland, solar and you intervened out of a dream (in which the pianist Haden and Motian sound even more a dream than perhaps planned team) are irresistibleas is the imaginative distortion of Konitz architecture I Fall in Love too easily, and classic sounding rhapsody duo piano and saxophone come to an end. Nor it is exclusively a discrete exercise: it includes four-way up-tempo discussions that sparkle with collective energy. John fordham

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