When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lee Konitz Franco D'Andrea - Inside Cole Porter

This thing is too cool to just reside on the Cole Porter blog, which has laid neglected for far too long, so I'm gonna post it on both.

These are really nice duets between Konitz and relatively unknown pianist Franco D'Andrea. I say relatively unknown because our friends at wikipedia have very little information on him but I know he has recorded several lps that are not listed there. He hails from Italy (and damn don't they have a fine jazz scene there?) but even so he rarely shows up on the Italian jazz blogs. He may be on a half dozen Horo releases but always a sideman.

Additionally this was recorded "In celebration of Lee Konitz 70th Birthday" so he takes the majority of the solos. D'Andrea steps up and rolls out some fime solos himself while tastefully accompanying Konitz on these Porter songs that I am sure he was intimately familiar with already.

Lee Konitz - Franco DAndrea
Inside Cole Porter

1. The Song Is You
2. Medley: The Song Is You (intro); What Is This Thing Called Love; Everytime We Say Goodbye (intro)
3. Everytime we Say Goodbye
4. I Love You
5. Love For Sale
6. Medley: Easy To Love (intro); Night and Day (intro); Easy To Love
7. It's All Right With Me

Lee Konitz - alto sax
Franco D'Andrea - piano

recorded at Mu Rec studio, Milano on May 2, 1996

NLJ 0967-2


Anonymous said...

Lovin' the site, brother.

One of the best out here - thanks.

Jazz nel pomeriggio said...

Hi Hook, thanks for the record.

Franco D'Andrea is with Enrico Pieranunzi the most famous italian jazz pianist. He turned 70 this very year; he started making a name for himself in the early Sisxties in Rome, playing and recording with Gato Barbieri, Steve Lacy and accompanying various American musicians. For most of the Seventies he played electric keyboard in one of the foremost European 'fusion' group, Perigeo, and since the Eighties he resumed playing piano, most in trio and quartet setting but also as a solo act. He is also very renowned as a teacher.

swamielmo said...

this looks great.... thank you