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Track Listing
PARIS (unreleased) Session
1 Now’s the Time
2 Half Nelson
3 Ablution

KÖLN Sessions
4 East of Eden
5 Stephany
6 Late Summer
7 En Rodage*
8 Lee-La-Lu
9 Ablution
10 Variations No.8 from “Passacaglia”
11 I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
*Note: “En Rodage” is just another version of “Ablution”, based on “All the Things You Are” changes
Bonus tracks
12 Zoot
13 Broadway
Lee Konitz
In Europe '56 - The Unreleased Paris & Koln S
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• American composer and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz left New York City for Germany on January 5th, 1956, to do a series of concerts and recordings organized by Italian record producer Gigi Campi. Campi also invited the great Swedish baritone saxophonist Lars Gullin for this event. Gullin also embraced the cool movement, and along with Konitz were billed as guest soloists with the New Jazz Stars group led by Austrian tenor saxophonist Hans Koller.

• While in Germany, Konitz and Gullin were also invited to play in Paris. During their intense 48h stay in Paris, they recorded with Bobby Jaspar, René Urtreger, Pierre Michelot, and Christian Garros, an unpretentious blowing studio session organized on January 16th by producer Marcel Romano. Originally scheduled to be issued on LP, it remained unreleased, appearing here for the first time.

• Right after their brief stay in Paris, the 17th of January, Konitz and Gullin returned to Germany, where in Köln they were joined by Koller’s group for the first of two recording sessions at BFN Studio produced by Gigi Campi—the second took place on the 21st, and were issued on three 45 rpm on the Italian label, Carisch.

• This CD is a fascinating validation of Tristano’s dry understatement in his “cool” idiom. The emotional improvisation, fresh variations, thoughtful interaction and control of dynamics are generated here by Lee Konitz and some of the most representative European jazzmen of this style of modern jazz.
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