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Studio album by Grace Kelly and Lee Konitz
Released 2008
Genre Jazz
Length 54:10
Label Pazz Productions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

GRACEfulLEE is an album by American jazz saxophonists Grace Kelly and Lee Konitz. It was released on July 8, 2008.

GRACEfulLEE is Kelly's fourth studio album. It has received positive reviews from music critics,[2][3][4] including a four and a half star review from Down Beat Magazine in November 2008.[5] Down Beat went on to name the album as one of the "Best CDs of 2008" in January 2009 [6] and then one of the "Best CDs of the 2000s the next year.[7] The cover of this album made a brief appearance in the television series, Bosch, produced by Amazon Studios, recreating a scene from the novel The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Book) by Michael Connelly.[8] when Harry Bosch tries to interest his daughter in Jazz by noting some of the younger artists of the genre.

The cross-generation collaboration on this album was duly noted by John Fordham of the Guardian in his four-star review:"Those who have heard Konitz's unquenchably inventive, tirelessly curious improvising will relish his cliche-purged style. But the formidable Kelly's grasp of that approach, and twisting of it with wayward diversions and rhythmic surprises, brings the sometimes laconic Konitz to the boil."[9]

Kelly's collaboration with Lee Konitz continued into 2014, appearing as a guest with the Quartet onstage at the Newport Jazz Festival of that year.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Subconscious Lee" – 8:54
  2. "Just Friends" – 3:44
  3. "GRACEfulLEE" – 8:28
  4. "There Is No Greater Love" – 6:02
  5. "Alone Together" – 2:26
  6. "Buzzing Around" – 1:12
  7. "Thingin'" – 9:39
  8. "Call of the Spirits" – 4:09
  9. "NY at Noon" – 1:50



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Gelly, Dave (21 February 2010). "Grace Kelly & Lee Konitz: GRACEfulLEE". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  3. ^ McClenechan, Dan (10 July 2008). "Grace Kelly and Lee Konitz: GRACEfulLEE (2008)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Dryden, Ken (14 November 2008). "Grace Kelly: GRACEfulLEE (2008)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Grace Kelly/Lee Konitz: GRACEfulLEE". DownBeat. Maher Publications. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Best CDs of 2008". DownBeat. Maher Publications. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Best CDs of 2000s" (PDF). DownBeat. Maher Publications. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Connelly, Michael (November 2012). The Black Box (First ed.). New York: Little Brown and Company. p. 242. ISBN 978-0-316-06943-4. 
  9. ^ Fordham, John. "Lee Konitz/Grace Kelly GRACEfulLEE". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Chinen, Nate (16 November 2014). "The Gig: Lee Konitz". JazzTimes. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 

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