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"This week," reported the New York Times in December 2009, "Birdland has booked an ad hoc quartet with three eminences and a great younger player. (...) It's going to be a week of soft anarchy, a gig without preparation or rehearsal, despite the presence of recording microphones for a couple of evenings. The jazz musician's trust in the present moment is elevated nearly to worship among this group's elders, all of whom, one way or another, were in on the early stages of loosening up rhythm and structure in jazz." -- New York Times

1. Loverman
2. Lullaby Of Birdland
3. Solar
4. I Fall In Love Too Easily
5. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
6. Oleo

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM Records
  • ASIN: B0050PLTH8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Five HUGE Stars!! The triumvirate of Steve Kuhn, Ron Carter, & Al Foster is caught live at 'Birdland' in a fiery, magnificent performance full of fresh, sparkling, and highly inventive jazz. This is clearly one of piano giant Steve Kuhn's finest recorded performances: a huge statement in light of his decades of stellar performances like "Oceans in the Sky", and going all the way back to his wonderous trio debut "Three Waves" with Steve Swallow and Pete LaRoca. Ron Carter is superb, playing some truly memorable solos, as is Al Foster who lays down melodic, smoking drum solos and support. I saw this particular group live at 'Fat Tuesdays' in New York a decade ago, so this association is long term, and this CD even surpasses that performance. Kuhn & Co also throw down some great 'quotes' that peek around the corners of many of the songs, almost becoming the song at times before vanishing. Trust me, the sound samples from this CD that I've heard around the web don't do justice to the great jazz awaiting the listener on this vividly recorded Blue Note release.

The 'Pieces De Resistance', the best of these great performances, begin with a smoking "Lotus Blossom" that burns from beginning to end with Kuhn's right hand ablaze with invention, while the left hand dishes up some surprises, even for longtime fans. The trusty standard "Stella by Starlight" is completely transformed into a work of high improvisational art that never completely reveals itself, taunting and mesmerizing the listener to the very end. (If you remember "Never Let Me Go" from 'Three Waves', you know the level of artistry this achieves.) Ron Carter lays down one of his best recorded solos here and on his own wonderfully quote-laden "Little Waltz".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Miller on June 11, 2011
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Listening to this stunning new quartet album led perhaps nominally by Lee Konitz on alto saxophone but with pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian participating really as equals, I can't help thinking about the earlier Lee Konitz classic album "Motion". That album, recorded with Sonny Dallas on bass and Elvin Jones on drums is often cited as Konitz's masterpiece, and not without reason, but I think the brilliance of 'Motion' was a product of a palpable tension within the band. There were Lee Konitz and Sonny Dallas, students of Lennie Tristano, playing straight and fluent, always on top of the beat, with a sometimes bewildered Elvin Jones, fighting Dallas to keep the feel of time loose. Now, some fifty years later, Lee has come to embrace that loosely swinging feel even more and everyone is on the same page. The result is a truly exciting album.

Instead of having a straight eighth anchor to the band, like Dallas was on 'Motion', the rhythm section is made up of loose-time titans Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. The opening of 'Oleo', which begins with just sax and drums, is almost free-time, it hangs together so loosely, but Haden and Motian really swing and they imbue everything they play with an artistry and feel that can hardly be articulated. Joining the band is young virtuoso Brad Mehldau, playing in the most traditional vein I've heard from him in a long time. While his most recent solo work has been filled throughout with rock and polyrhythmic modern classical influences (just look at his most recent solo work for a stunning example of this musical fusion), here Mehldau fully embraces the aesthetic of the rest of the band but loses none of his distinctive edge.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JAMES E. FARRIS on June 10, 2011
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Got this last night and played it three times (yeah, 3 1/2 hours). Phenomenal music written by geniuses like Miles, Sonny Rollins and Shearing and performed live by four of our greatest living jazz musicians!

Every five minutes the excitement changes. Oh, to have been there in person.

Recording quality is excellent and captures the emotion of the audience without interfering with the quality of the music.

Album of the year - hands down!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. C Goodstein on March 16, 2007
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If this isn't my very favorite Steve Kuhn album, it's still very stylish, creative and lovely. It's nice to hear these vets together in live setting and Kuhn remains one of the best unheralded players. I

would still go first for his trio albums with David Finck and Billy Drummond (mostly on Reservoir I think), or some of the ECM titles for their 'experimentalism.' This one shows another side though. Very fine stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Keymer VINE VOICE on June 27, 2011
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This bear of an album features four jazz lions, captured live in two nights at Birdland in December of 2009. Alto saxophonist extraordinaire Konitz was eighty-two at the time, drummer Motian and bassist Haden weren't that far behind him at seventy-eight and seventy-two respectively. Mehldau seems a mere babe by comparison at thirty-nine but had been captivating jazz audiences with his creative piano work for twenty years.

The recording catches these four masters improvising on a set of standards, both pop and jazz. The reward to the listener isn't the chance to in hear new compositions but to hear these four masters play impassioned, often lyrical, solos, extending themselves at length. The musicians all have time to stretch out. (The shortest piece runs ten minutes seventeen seconds and the longest fifteen minutes and twenty seconds.) There is a phenomenal rendition of "Lover Man," a kinky and fun "Lullaby of Birdland," Miles Davis's "Solar" and Sony Rollin's "Oleo," the pop standards "I Fall in Love Too Easily" and "You Stepped Out of a Dream."

It is evident that these four musicians enjoyed playing together. All four play well. But Konitz, he is best of all. The man plays as fluently and more passionately as he did fifty years ago. (If ever the label `cool' applied to him, it hasn't for the last thirty or forty years.) How does he keep so young? Playing out of the bop/postbop mode he imbibed half a century ago playing with Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh and the Kenton band, he continues to surprise with his energy and his unbelievable inventiveness.

This is not to insult the other players. They are giants in their own accord. Haden's deep woody sound and melodic playing masks a keen knowledge of the rhythmic and melodic displacements required of modernist jazz.
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