Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian – Live At Birdland

July 15, 2011 / No Comments / Tags: brad mehldau, charlie haden, ecm records, lee konitz, paul motian, thejazzpage.com

(ECM Records)

The expectation of a live recording from the formidable talents of saxophonist Lee Konitz, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian would be a high-flying, fireworks-laden set, but Live At Birdland is a more intimate laidback set that delivers virtuostic brilliance. The recording features these four accomplished names in jazz covering a selection of mostly standard ballads with considerable flair and artistry. The arrangements allow the members of the quartet to show their individual craftwork and that of the group as a whole. The immersion of the live audience in the performances here is as evident as the high level of musicianship to which they were witness.

Click here to listen to a clip of “You Stepped Out of Dream”.

Tracks: Lover Man, Lullaby of Birdland, Solar, I Fall In Love Too Easily, You Stepped Out of Dream, Oleo .

Website: http://ecmrecords.com