|This is number 11 of the OWL series.
Following in the wake of Tristano, Billy Bauer, Ronnie Ball, Sal Mosca, Elvin Jones, Dick Katz, Red Mitchell, Martial Solal, Michel Petrucciani, Harold Danko and others, comes Kenny Werner to act as pilot.
It is he who drops and weighs anchor. He sails alongside the reefs, listening attentively to the siren’song but never allowing himself to be lured in.
The riddle of the captain’s age is well known to him : it is the age of tireless youth, the age of joyous risk and carefree certainty, the age at which gravity can be assumed with an air of lightness. Werner, in supplying the response to Konitz’s call allows us to distinguish more clearly the saxophonist’s monologue.