22nd December 2012: LIVE IN LONDON: The new album featuring Lee Konitz, Michael Janisch, Dan Tepfer, and Jeff Williams, set for May 20th 2013 release!
After a very exciting fall 2012, we’re plowing forward into 2013 (now that we’ve had assurance that the Mayans were wrong ) and wanted to let the world know about something very special coming in the spring of next year. ‘LIVE IN LONDON’ will be released worldwide on May 20th, 2013 and features the iconic saxophonist Lee Konitz, WWR’s own Michael Janisch on double bass, uber-creative pianist Dan Tepfer, and WWR Artist Jeff Williams on drums. Over six hours of music was recorded live in London from this leader-less quartet’s first performance together as a unit, back in May of 2010 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club. The music is spontaneity at it’s very best; these musicians had absolutely no idea what they were going to perform until someone took the lead and starting making sound– their only priority was exploration in the moment as a collective whole. What followed was two nights of exhilarating, ‘seat of the pants’ music which received huge accolades from the press who came down, as well as four sold out houses who were on their feet at the end of the performance wanting more. Luckily for us it was recorded and now we are able to honor that request, as we’ve handpicked the highlights from across the four performances, and in May of next year will share that with the world. Also of note, Mr. Konitz excitedly performed on Soprano Sax on a few of the numbers, which is pretty rare to hear on record, so that’s an added bonus.
Stay tuned for more news to come on this unique collaboration, and Happy Holidays from all of us here at WWR.