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Lee Konitz: Conversations on the Improviser's Art (Jazz Perspectives) Paperback – August 8, 2007
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"Got it [the book] the other day and devoured it. You and Lee did a superb job, and as someone who used to be a journalist, I don't underestimate your contribution in terms of sound and creative organization of material, consistent attentiveness, ability to get along with/stimulate Lee, ability to set up and conduct intelligent interviews with all those other people, etc. I'm pretty sure there's no other book like it in jazz, and while some of that has to do with Lee's willingness to talk about things as much as and in the ways that he does, without your hard work and imagination and good heart, we wouldn't have this. Many thanks."
Author of "Jazz In Search of Itself" (Yale University Press)
The criticisms and comments that Konitz offers are frank, thoughtful and well-argued. Several of the chapters cover specific decades in his career. Others include: Formative Influences; Working with Tristano; Early Collaborators; The Art of Improvisation; The Instrument; The Material. Embedded within each of the chapters is a series of brief interviews with musicians, most of whom have worked on the bandstand with Konitz or recorded with him, including John Zorn, Phil Woods, Mike Zwerin, George Russell, Clare Fischer, Sal Mosca, Alan Broadbent, Sonny Rollins, Rufus Reid, Ornette Coleman, Harold Danko, Wayne Shorter, Paul Bley, John Tchicai, Greg Osby, Martial Solal and Evan Parker. Although this is fundamentally a book of interviews, Andy Hamilton provides scene-setting introductions to each of the chapters, explanatory links between subsections, and brief comments that help the reader better to contextualise the interview material.Read more ›
I think the idea of including interviews from some of the musicians who worked with him made it a very interesting read...in addition to being very well written.
And even though I have known Lee since 1948 I still learned a lot of things I didn't know before.
The author must have spent many years with him in order to accomplish that. Congratulations to him!!
correct, it is a major addition to the literature. The way you
organized it makes it easy to read, and there's so much historical
information, as well as, a real look into Lee's thinking and approach to
life and music. I was truly hooked after the first chapter and just couldn't put it down. Andy, you really earned five stars for this one.
As it's been said elsewhere, the author's editorial prowess is phenomenal, and the proof is that the book is extremely easy to read, while, at the same time, it is packed with information and insight. Hamilton has also been able to engage Konitz in some interesting discussions, like his views on several musicians - Anthony Braxton, most memorably - or his assessment of his own playing, and on the actual physical and psychological aspects of the process of improvising music.
This is pretty close to my ideal book on a jazz musician, where the subject has the chance to tell his story while speaking freely to a knowledgeable counterpart.
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Improvisational music followers will find much of value in these insightful, opinionated, inspired, grouchy and ultimately humble transcribed conversations with Lee Konitz. Read morePublished on January 26, 2009 by Jeffrey W. Jarvis
This was a fascinating read on so many levels. The unique format (short interviews with various musicians - from Sonny Rollins, to Ornette, to Bill Frisell and Wayne - along with... Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by R. Noble
I found this book to be one of the most clear, informative and honest books in jazz literature that I have ever read. Read morePublished on April 21, 2008 by Alister M Spence
This is clearly one of the best books about jazz I ever red. I'd put it next to P.Pettinger's "How My Heart Sings", J Szwed's "Space Is The Place" or E.Jost's "Free Jazz". Read morePublished on February 13, 2008 by O. Alessandro