Perhaps it’s because I was just listening to Duets but this almost feels like a spiritual sequel to that album – Konitz’s band tackles a variety of jazz styles and performs them all very well. It’s compelling music and it’s easy for me to see why this is considered one of his better albums.
The issue for me is that it would have been pretty notable in 1967 but it feels to me like everyone here is very much living in a previous decade. This is not a band that has kept up on what was going on in jazz in the ensuing decade. So what sounded at least reasonably progressive on Duets sounds more conservative here. This is a record very tied to tradition, even if those traditions weren’t that old by this point.
It’s fine to listen to , but it’s the work of people who time has passed by.