I've been having a Lee Konitz kick lately - both listening, purchasing a DVD and now reading a book that basically full of interviews that he did with a bunch of famous people (Steve Lacy, Rufus Reid, etc etc). Yeah the guy is opinionated and learning about his relationship with Lennie Tristano is interesting. The book gives insight into the more melodic approach and in ways similar to Joe Solomon's approach that Ed writes about. I'm only 1/4 through the book but already what's fascinating is that there is a heavy emphasis on the melody - to the point that even understanding harmony is secondary. When learning new tunes, he only looks at the chord symbols only after he has a strong grasp of the melody. Time, changes, etc... everything is negotiable it seems. As he puts it, changes on a lead sheet is just a bunch of "****ing chords". Very interesting and I dig what he has to say. I think it would be an interesting read for others who are into Tristano's vein of things.