Having first performed together in 2007, acclaimed Jazz musicians Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer join forces to release their Sophomore duo album,'Decade, on Verve Records. The album will be released digitally on 7/6 and is available for pre-order now. The duo will'play two NYC dates on July 26 and 27 at the Jazz Gallery, where they first performed together, in light of the album release.'
Decade'marks ten years since the duo's first and only release together in 2008, the critically acclaimed,'Duos with Lee, lending to its title. Having spent the intermittent years individually touring across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia both as a duo and in larger settings, Konitz and Tepfer have developed a deep complicity that is evident on the upcoming album.'
Dan Tepfer fills out Bach's missing two-part inventions with daring free improvisations / The New York Times
The New York Times - Anthony Tommasini writes.... "Of course Bach is a million times greater than me," the pianist Dan Tepfer said recently. "I can still have a conversation with him." That conversation is ongoing. While Tepfer, 39, is best known as a jazz artist, who has worked with giants like the saxophonist Lee Konitz, he has also delved into Bach - with twists. In "Goldberg Variations/Varia...
Dan Tepfer remembers Lee Konitz / JazzTimes
Pianist Dan Tepfer pays tribute to his mentor, colleague, and friend (10/13/27 – 4/15/20) and writes.... As someone who likes to think of himself as rational, I can't bring myself to believe in fate, yet Lee and I seemed destined to meet. Although piano's been my instrument since I was a child, I had a sax in my teens, and I sound strangely like Lee on home recordings from the time even though I'd ...
Celebrating a decade of collaboration and friendship, Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer release - Decade
To celebrate a decade of intense musical collaboration and friendship, the masterful 90-year-old altoist Lee Konitz and the resourceful pianist Dan Tepfer, 36, release Decade on Verve Records, an auspicious follow up to Duos With Lee (Sunnyside, 2009). The duo has been performing extensively throughout the years, but their mature sense of impromptu comes bolstered throughout these 15 spontaneous short tu...
Lee Konitz is 90 - Dan Tepfer is 36. They share a drive to conjure deep musical coherence out of a passing moment / WBGO
The alto saxophonist Lee Konitz is 90 - an NEA Jazz Master, an alumnus of both the Tristano School and The Birth of the Cool; the last surviving musician to have played the inaugural Newport Jazz Festival. The pianist Dan Tepfer is 36 - an astrophysicist by training; an exacting yet exploratory student of the music; the creator of experimental algorithms for digital player piano. What the two artists sha...