Recent Listening: Konitz, Mehldau, Haden, Motian

Live at Birdland

Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Live at Birdland (ECM). When he’s working with people whose knowledge and ears he trusts, Konitz sometimes simply begins. The first track starts with seven seconds of silence. Then, Konitz, accompanied by Motian’s brushes, embarks on an alto saxophone abstraction. The listener who hasn’t looked at the listing on the CD box has no idea what tune this is going to be—and wonders if the rhythm section knows. After a few seconds, Mehldau’s … [Read more...]