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I was just about to call that Konitz/Russo thing. I find it headed in a good direction, but ultimately stifled and mannered. Still, a good ride along the way.

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Another Konitz/ strings effort is Ralph Burns’ “Free Forms”, on Clef from 1952. This has some surprisingly good Lee on several tracks, against an incongruous, overly cute strings/ woodwinds background - his astringency cuts through the syrup. It would have been interesting to hear what listed drummer Jo Jones had to say about this session.  Q.

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On August 27, 2016 at 3:47 PM, Larry Kart said:

Thanks. I think I should listen again. BTW, a sublime record with Lee and a small group of strings is the one he did with Bill Russo "An Image":

https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Albums-Konitz-Harvard-Square/dp/B009RQZKTO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472335151&sr=8-1&keywords=konitz+an+image

In fact, that probably is the best soloist with a small string ensemble record I know. Russo also did a nice one with Cannonball playing material from Ellington's "Jump for Joy," but the major Russo composition on "An Image" is a genuinely major composition.

I did listen again to "Strings for Holiday." If anything I dislike it more now, for same reasons, than I did before -- but that's why they play ball games (or however that saying goes and whatever it in fact it means).

My wife's been away in Italy for almost two weeks, leaving me to take care of my teenage stepson, our dog, and our cat, and as wonderful as all those creatures are, I'm beginning to babble. 

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There's a Steve Kuhn on Buddah with a string Quartet arranged by Gary McFarland.

Don Cherry's Relativity Suite has some very effective writing for a small string group on at least one track.

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Phil Robson: Guitar; Peter Herbert: Double Bass; Gene Calderazzo: Drums; Emma Smith: Violin; Jennymay Logan: Violin; Naomi Fairhurst: Viola; Kate Shortt: Cello; Christine Tobin: Vocals on tracks 4&7

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As I recall, this one is a real stinker:

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It's titled Centerpiece not Centerpie.  The best pic of it I found online was of a cutout, which may tell you something about how quickly (and thankfully) this album disappeared.

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Ken McIntyre - Way, Way Out (United Artists, part of a great Blue Note 2CD set)

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4 hours ago, king ubu said:

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Ken McIntyre - Way, Way Out (United Artists, part of a great Blue Note 2CD set)

Great one ! :tup That 2CD set was superlative.

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7 hours ago, king ubu said:

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Ken McIntyre - Way, Way Out (United Artists, part of a great Blue Note 2CD set)

When I saw the thread title, that was the first LP that came to mind. Great stuff.

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On 8/27/2016 at 1:00 PM, duaneiac said:

This is an album I have heard of, but never heard.  Any one have thoughts to share about this one?

Milt+Jackson+and+the+Hip+String+Quartet.

I think(?) I have a copy of this at home on LP, but I'm not 100%, will have to look. I think it was one of a couple dozen albums I picked up frim my uncle's collection after he passed. Don't know that I've listen to it more than two or three times, and it's been several years at least.

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Arthur Blythe - Basic Blythe

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