LEE KONITZ-MAR­TIAL SO­LAL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews Shuffle - RAY COMISKEY

Lis­ten­ing to this mar­vel­lous duo de­con­struct the stan­dard reper­toire, it’s hard not to feel that So­lal’s pi­ano is a near-per­fect part­ner for Konitz’s alto. So­lal’s abrupt mod­u­la­tions and un­ex­pected about-faces of line and tempo are manna for Konitz’s quick wits and lib­er­ated in­tel­li­gence, while the al­toist’s mere pres­ence may have reined in the gifted pi­anist’s some­times in­dul­gent whimsy. On mu­tu­ally fa­mil­iar ground it’s a li­cence to go wher­ever the hu­mour takes them, and they make full use of it. Early, on the open­ing Just Friends and Star Eyes, it’s per­haps So­lal who makes the pace, with Konitz eas­ing him­self into things. There­after the al­toist re­ally finds his range in a suc­ces­sion of in­spired col­lo­quies, which reach their peaks in mem­o­rably fo­cused in­ven­tions on Body & Soul and

What’s New. Rarely are stan­dards ap­proached with such a sense of free­dom. www.hathut.com

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