Lee Konitz and Albert Mangelsdorff – Art of the Duo (1983)

Art of the Duo is recorded in 1983 and released in 1989 on Enja Records. These conversations between the american duo-lover Lee Konitz and german Albert Mangelsdorff is not swinging in the traditional sense but leaves some air and room for reflection for the listener. This blogpost do not contain the complete album, because the first track on both sides are missing, side  A, Hot Hut and side B, Minor Blues In F.

Konitz creates tasty lines with souffle-like lightness, and when Mangeldorff breaks free he provides some gruff, complementary solos. His use of mute on “Creole Love Call” offers a break from the session’s monochromaticism. Konitz also brings some fetching originals to the session, notably “A Minor Blues in F” and “Cher Ami,” which feature the kind of freewheeling counterpoint that would have been welcomed throughout The Lee Konitz Duets. [source]

Side A: Hot Hut (3:56 ) / She’s As Wild As Springtime (3:09) / Inclination (4:54) / I Wonder What She’s Doing Right Now (1:55) / About Time We Looked At This (3:57)

Side B : Minor Blues In F (3:16) / Matti’s Matter (7:35) / Cher Ami (2:49) / En Passant (2:21) / Bloas (3:40)

Albert Mangelsdorff – Trombone
Lee Konitz as – Alt Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone





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