It’s never too late to celebrate Beauty.
And with that thought — and the passing-away of Lee Konitz this month at 92 — I present this poignant performance from a CD (which just arrived in the mail) called OLD SONGS NEW by Lee’s 2017 Nonet — arranged by Ohad Talmor. You can hear more music from this CD, purchase a download or an actual disc here. I encourage you to do the latter two.
The members of the Nonet are Lee Konitz, alto saxophone; Ohad Talmor, tenor saxophone (5), arranger, conductor; Caroline Davis, flute and alto flute; Christof Knoche, clarinet; Denis Lee, bass clarinet; Judith Insell, viola; Mariel Roberts, cello; Dimos Goudaroulis, cello; Christopher Tordini, bass; George Schuller, drums. And Talmor’s music is such a wildly delicious repast that I found myself listening — for the third time today — to it, alone, as best I could.
Here is Gordon Jenkins’ heartbreaking GOOD-BYE:
It is right to say Farewell to the Lee Konitz who carried a saxophone case, spoke, sang, and played. That temporal envelope is gone. But much remains: the songs, the passions, the intelligence, the sound. So this is, to me, the fitting countermelody and countertruth, by Harry Warren:
I could write this post in honor of so many people, both dear to me and others, nameless but dear to others, who have moved to another neighborhood where they seem inaccessible. But I will leave such griefs to you, and, instead, offer this music to console, to solace, to uplift — to attempt to keep us buoyant in darkness.
May your happiness increase!