Album Review

Konitz, Lee / Talmor, Ohad String Project – “Inventions ” – [Omnitone]

Max Level   8/28/2006   CD, Jazz

Alto saxophonist Konitz has had a long, distinguished career on the international jazz scene. No matter what the setting, his impeccable musical instincts are always on display. This CD combines his smooth, always in control alto with fine work by composer/ arranger/ reedman Talmor and an Austrian string quartet. The classic collaborations of Miles Davis and Gil Evans were used as a working model for this project, and, great as those recordings were, I prefer the immediacy of this material; instead of the huge spacious orchestras favored by Evans, we get a rough little ensemble of strings and reeds, with improvising tendencies, supporting the soloist. The setup works especially well when Talmor is adding his bass clarinet to the mix.

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