The great Hungarian composer Béla Bartók is a hero to and influence on many modern jazz artists. Few of them, however, have actually performed Bartók compositions. In this remarkable album, Lee Konitz and his colleagues do just that, recasting for jazz quintet three of Bartók's piano compositions. They also pay tribute to two other masters, with transcriptions of imperishable solos by Roy Eldridge and Lester Young. In addition, there are two of Konitz's compositions and three by pianist Dick Katz. Bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette are Katz's rhythm section companions; valve trombonist Marshall Brown is the other horn. As always with Konitz, the joy, swing, and humor in the music are complemented by erudition and substance. This first compact disc release of Peacemeal contains previously unissued alternate versions of three of the tracks.
with Marshall Brown, Dick Katz, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette