This blog covers the music I play on my Live365 station: Jazz Note NSU. It is devoted to hard bop and avant garde jazz. Here I confess my faith: the center of genius in modern music is jazz; the center of genius in jazz is hard bop, and especially the body of music produced between the early 50's and the mid-60's. And at the center of it all is Miles Davis. This blog is especially aimed at readers who want to build a serious jazz library.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Lee Konitz & the Incredible Shrinking Jazz Section
As any jazz fan knows all too well, the jazz section is steadily shrinking everywhere it still exists. By "jazz section" I mean a section of jazz CDs in any room where other genres are sold. This is no great tragedy. The jazz sections are shrinking along with CD rooms as a whole. This is largely because of the the fact that the offerings of music available have expanded exponentially online (and because movies are still purchased largely in plastic media).
It does discomfort me, however, that every time I pop into The Electric Fetus ( a great record store in Minneapolis) the jazz section seems to by smaller by about the length of a bass clarinet. Worse than discomfort, I feel morally obligated to buy something in inverse proportion to the volume of offerings.
Saturday, happily, I found something that allowed me to exit the store happy and guilt free. Black Saint & Soul Note had a box set of remastered albums by the Lee Konitz Quartet. Each disc comes in a slip cover with the original artwork and some of the liner notes. For about $35 it contained five Konitz albums, not one of which I possessed. This is a jazz collectors box of gold. Here are the albums:
Live at Laren
The New York Album
So far I have only sampled 2-4. They are splendid and well worth the price of the box.
I am playing 'Ezz-thetic' and 'Stare-Case' from Ideal Scene.