You and Lee + L. Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre
American Jazz Classics
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This release presents the complete Lee Konitz albums You and Lee (Verve MGVS6131), and Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre (Verve MGVS6073). These were Konitz and Bill Evans’ earliest studio collaborations: on the first LP the pianist only played on one of the two sessions (Jim Hall replaced him on the other one), while on the second Evans was featured throughout the entire album. Both works were taped in 1959, and although Konitz and Evans had been previously recorded together in a concert setting, and would be taped in the same fashion during a 1965 European tour, their only other studio LP collaboration was the pianist’s 1977 album Crosscurrents. The great Jimmy Giuffre also participated on both records – on the first as arranger, and on the second as arranger and performer