Lee Konitz Transcription – There Will Never Be Another You
Lee Konitz b. 1927 (Chicago)
Alto saxophonist, Lee Konitz, has had a long and distinguished career as a jazz musician and improviser. He has created a very large and diverse record catalogue, though he is most commonly associated with cool and west coast jazz. Konitz was one of the very few saxophonists to be alive and working at the same time as Charlie Parker (b. 1920) who maintained his own distinct style, resisting Bird’s massive influence on players of the day. Players like Art Pepper and Paul Desmond took a lot of influence from Konitz.
Konitz has had a very long recording career and is credited with over 145 albums as a leader and over 50 more as a sideman with the likes of Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Stan Kenton, Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Max Roach, Kenny Wheeler, Kenny Werner, Matt Wilson and others. He has also recorded in other settings such as with the Brandenburg State Orchestra and the Axis String Quartet. Early in his carreer, Konitz toured with Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton. He then recorded on the classic Miles Davis album ‘Birth of the Cool,’ and started working as a leader of his own groups in the early/mid 50’s.
Konitz has spoken frequently about the importance of melody in his playing and improvising. He was interviewed extensively in the book, “Conversations on the Improviser’s Art,” written by Andy Hamilton about Konitz, where he laid out his ’10-step method’ on improvising material related to a melody.
Click the link below for a transcription of Konitz playing There Will Never Be Another You in 1955, from the Album, With Warne Marsh.
Some well known contrafacts by Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, & Lennie Tristano:
Subconscious-Lee – based on What is This Thing Called Love? Ablution – based on All the Things You Are
317 East 32nd – based on Out of Nowhere
Lennie Bird – based on Ornithology/How High the Moon
Line Up – based on All of Me
Dream Stepper – based on You Stepped Out of a Dream It’s You – based on It’s You or No One
Kary’s Trance – based on Play, Fiddle Play
Lennie’s Pennies – based on Pennies from Heaven
Sax of a Kind – based on Fine and Dandy
Wow – You Can Depend on Me
Other well know contrafacts:
26-2 (John Coltrane) – based on Confirmation
Anthropology (Charlie Parker) – based on I Got Rhythm
Cottontail (Duke Ellington) – based on I Got Rhythm
Donna Lee (Charlie Parker) – based on Back Home Again in Indiana Groovin’ High (Dizzy Gilespie) – based on Whispering
Half Nelson (Miles Davis) – based on Lady Bird
Impressions (John Coltrane) – based on So What
In a Mellow Tone (Duke Ellington) – based on Rose Room Ornithology (Charlie Parker) -based on How High the Moon