by Lee KonitzLee Konitz




The musical pairing of two alto saxophonists, Grace Kelly and Lee Konitz, on Gracefullee is a May-December wedding with a vengeance. At the January 2008 session, Konitz was 80 years old, and Kelly was 15. Happily, you wouldn't know that simply by listening to the disc, which began with the intention of only doing two songs, but grew to a full-length CD. Konitz has been a sponsor of Kelly, so his influence on her is to be expected, and the similarity between them is on display on "You Don't Know What Love Is." But differences are apparent elsewhere. On "There Is No Greater Love," which begins with Kelly and ends with Konitz, she seems careful and precise, while he takes off. The two get to fly on two numbers, "Alone Together" and "Buzzing Around," when they are unaccompanied by other musicians, with "Buzzing Around" made up on the spot. Other numbers are also done as "free improvisation," notably the closer, "NY at Noon," in which bassist Rufus Reid, guitarist Russell Malone, and drummer Matt Wilson also join in. This album may not have been planned as such, but it ends up being as accomplished a session as many that were set out in advance.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2008
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0796873072007
catalogNumber: 5637313097

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Konitz   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Rufus Reid   Bass,Bass Guitar
Russell Malone   Guitar
Matt Wilson   Drums
Grace Kelly   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lee Konitz   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Rufus Reid   Composer
Russell Malone   Composer
Jimmy Katz   Cover Photo
Joseph Marciano   Engineer
Grace Kelly   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Klenner   Composer
Paul   Composer
Robert Kelly   Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Irene Chang   Producer,Art Direction

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