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Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Pony Poindexter&Leo Wright - Prompt

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An encounter that would significantly influence Lee Konitz’s musical development took place just before he joined the Wald band. Konitz was playing in a Chicago club, and another member of the band took him across the street where a rumba band was playing. "I could hear all these fantastic locked-hands chords over the music," Konitz later told Whitney Balliett of American Musicians, describing a piano player who turned out to be Tristano. Konitz got his saxophone, sat in with Tristano’s group, and afterward asked Tristano if he would become his teacher. The older man agreed and Konitz became Tristano’s most celebrated pupil, and until the early 1950s, a regular sideman. What did Konitz learn from Tristano? "There was an extraordinary impetus to be very dedicated to this premise, this subject [playing jazz], and that’s probably the biggest thing," Konitz told WE magazine. In 1996, Konitz admitted that he had not yet attained Tristano’s level of discipline.
Pony PoindexterPony Poindexter also recorded with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, and Leo Wright on Alto Summit. After living in Paris, Spain (for eight years), and Mannheim, Germany in 1977, Pony Poindexter moved back to the United States, resettling near San Francisco and recording a set for Inner City the following year. He slipped away into obscurity and never gained the recognition he deserved. However, beginning in the 1990s and continuing into the new millennium, European labels began reissuing some of his recordings, including Pony's Express, his 1962 Epic debut as a leader reissued by Koch in 2001; Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter, from a 1966 concert in Frankfurt, Germany, originally released by Saba in 1967 and reissued by the Danish MPS label in 1993 and again in 2003; and In Barcelona, a 1972 septet recording featuring local musicians and his own daughter Dina vocalizing on two tracks, originally released on the Spiral Records label (as En Barcelona) and reissued by the Spanish Fresh Sound imprint in 2004.

From "(The) Alto Summit" album.
Lee Konitz (as)
Phil Woods (as)
Pony Poindexter (as)
Leo Wright (as)
Steve Kuhn (p)
Palle Danielsson (b)
Jon Christensen (d).

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