1. Leewise

Leewise / Lee Konitz

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This release showcases the work of Konitz in a variety of settings all derived from the JAZZPAR All Star Nonet directed by saxophonist Jens Sondergaard. It begins with three tracks recorded by Radio Denmark during the actual final concert of the series in Copenhagen's Falkoner Scenen. Sadly, although this reissue has been in preparation for some months, it has now turned into a memorial for Konitz, who died at the age of 92 from complications of the virus Covid-19 on April 15, 2020.

Lee Konitz was one of the most highly valued individualists of the entire field of jazz. His recordings from as early as 1947, the year he turned 20, show that the basis of his unique style was already formed, partly under the influence of fellow Chicagoan Lennie Tristano. This fact was remarkable enough, in an era when all the other saxophonists who weren't actively clinging to the approach of Johnny Hodges, Willie Smith or Benny Carter were trying desperately to catch up with Charlie Parker. But Konitz was developing an almost pianistic process, in which his lines were not dictated by what was easy for his instrument and, in addition, were not given a deliberately emotive profile by the articulation and tonal variety of the saxophone.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: February 05, 2021

  • Catalog Number: SVL1018477

  • UPC: 717101847723

  • Label: Storyville Records

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Jazz

  • Composer: Peggy Stern, Allan Botschinsky, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Green, Sy Johnson, Ole Kock Hansen, Lee Konitz, Butch Lacy, Jesper Lundgaard, Fredrik Lundin, Peter Poulsen, Arthur Schwartz, Jens Søndergaard

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Jazzpar All Star Nonet

  • Performer: Svend-Erik Nørregaard, Lee Konitz, Peggy Stern, Jens Søndergaard, Jesper Lundgaard, Allan Botschinsky, Birgitte Frieboe


  1. Partout

    Performer: Lee Konitz (Alto saxophone)

  2. Alone Together

    Performer: Lee Konitz (Alto saxophone)

  3. Body and Soul

    Performer: Lee Konitz (Alto saxophone)

  4. Leewise

    Performer: Lee Konitz (Alto saxophone)

  5. JesperLee

    Performer: Lee Konitz (Alto saxophone)

  6. SubconsciousLee

    Performer: Lee Konitz (Alto saxophone)

  7. PeggyLee

    Performer: Lee Konitz (Alto saxophone)

  8. Skygger

  9. AllanLee

    Performer: Lee Konitz (Alto saxophone)

  10. Pazzenger

    Performer: Lee Konitz (Alto saxophone)

  11. JensLee

    Performer: Lee Konitz (Alto saxophone)

  12. Stardust