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Unleemited - Play the Music of Alain Guyonnet by Lee Konitz & Kenny Werner

Recently reissued by "Sunnyside Records," this duo outing was originally issued by the French record label, "OWL" back in 1992. And as many of us would surmise, saxophonist Lee Konitz and pianist Kenny Werner turn in an enlivening series of duets here. On this effort, they perform the music of composer/arranger Alain Guyonnet.

Recorded in Geneva, Switzerland during a three-day session back in 1992, Konitz, and Werner convey spirited synergy throughout. Many of these pieces feature warm melodies and silky smooth passages. Yet, the duo doesn’t merely go thru the motions. Whether performing on alto or soprano sax, Konitz is a near perfect foil for Werner’s blithely articulated chord progressions and counterbalancing statements. Simply stated, the music seems lighter than air! Konitz’ buttery alto tone, instills a sense drama amid impassioned musings and heartfelt impulses. You could hear a pin drop during these delicately woven montages. Melody is the key ingredient as the twosome embarks upon gentle reconstructions of the primary themes. Overall, a worthy reissue that serves as a must-have, for fans of these celebrated stylists.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lee Konitz & Kenny Werner
  • CD Title: Unleemited - Play the Music of Alain Guyonnet
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Sunnyside
  • Rating: Four Stars
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