Friday, March 8, 2013

Konitz's "Silent Improvisation"

Having played with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra in 1947-8, Lee Konitz can thus be added to the list of those---including Alphonse Allais, Erwin Schulhoff, and Yves Klein---who beat John Cage to the punch:


  1. And - with the great accompaniment! John Cage couldn't dream of such a band behind.

  2. I don't think Cage is necessarily relevant in this context, as the aesthetic is different. With Cage, one could argue, the sounds "produced" or "presented" are the unintentional ones in the surrounding area. What Konitz did was intentionally remove himself from the "produced" sounds. Didn't Miles Davis do this alot, where he used long rests? 2 cents deposited.