Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh (1955)

Track Selection: There Will Never Be Another You

Artists

Lee Konitz (as) Warne Marsh (ts) Sal Mosca (p) Billy Bauer (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded NYC, June 14-5, 1955, engineer Tom Dowd

Music

A respite from honking muscular saxophones, the light and airy fluidity of Lee Konitz finds a perfect match in Warne’s sympathetic tenor. Astonishing technical artistry of both players combines with the imaginative lines of improvisation, to the point where their solo converge and intertwine with great elegance. Musical telepathy at the level of Evans and Lafaro.

The rhythm section is flawless – how could it not be, with Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke in the engine room providing the drive whilst Mosca and Bauer provide the musical structure and tonal colouring.

Vinyl:  London LTZ-K 15025, UK 1st release of US Atlantic 1217

A classic record often found in 180gm “audiophile” reissues section,  but less common in the flesh. Occasional spits and spots in the vinyl, which is in pretty good shape considering its journey through time and space since 1955.

Crimson and silver labels

Dependable quality mastering and pressing courtesy of Decca

Collectors Corner

Not “rare!” but not something you see every day. In fact this is the only copy I have ever seen (LJC motto – see it, buy it, you may never see it again), and I was delighted to find this sitting in a new arrivals rack. “New Arrivals” is a great concept, you wish every record store would have such a section, so you don’t spend time each visit wading through the old stuff. No doubt that is why some don’t. Their new arrivals rack would be very small, so they think  “better to keep the flame of hope cruelly alive”.

At least most second-hand record stores separate out the “Fusion” section from “Jazz”. That cuts precious crate-digging time down by half. One store even has optimistic dividers for jazz record labels, with sections for Blue Note (empty apart from a few reissues) and Impulse (also mostly empty apart from a few reissues). The covers of any interesting stuff will be usually on the wall, hopefully out of reach of light-fingered browsers in heavy overcoats.

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