Lee Konitz, Pony Poindexter, Phil Woods, Leo Wright – Alto Summit (1968/2016)

Lee Konitz, Pony Poindexter, Phil Woods, Leo Wright - Alto Summit (1968/2016)
Artist: Lee Konitz, Pony Poindexter, Phil Woods, Leo Wright
Album: Alto Summit
Genre: Post-Bop
Released: 1968/2016
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Native Land (6:14)
Ballad Medley (11:21)
Prompt (5:42)
The Perils Of Poda (5:14)
Good Booty (8:19)
Lee-o’s Blues (4:32)
Lee’s Tribute To Bach And Bird (4:21)

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This unusual album teams together the altos of Lee Konitz, Pony Poindexter, Phil Woods and Leo Wright (along with pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen) on a variety of challenging material. There are four pieces for the full septet (including one that pays tribute to both Bach and Bird), a pair of quintet performances and a ballad medley that ends in a complete fiasco (it has to be heard to be believed). Despite the latter, everyone fares well on this summit meeting.
Review by Scott Yanow