There is nothing mysterious about Lee Konitz's ability to work endlessly new inventions on the standards at the heart of his repertoire. Konitz listens, to the ideas of the musicians who surround him; and he thinks, drawing fresh ideas of his own to the surface rather than merely rehashing familiar clichés. This approach has served him well for a half-century, and created a typically lucid recital on this 1974 session, the last of four important albums he cut for Milestone. The presence of bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette, formerly the rhythm section of Konitz's old friend Miles Davis, and the equally iconoclastic French pianist Martial Solal, make Satori a unique title in the saxophonist's extensive discography, with the two-keyboard title track (with producer Dick Katz sitting in on electric piano) giving us Konitz's personal take on a common Seventies practice.
with Martial Solal, Dick Katz, David Holland, Jack DeJohnette