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Most of the tunes are based on traditional chord changes, like bop heads. But the heads are more intricate, requiring more arrangement, sometimes quite complex arrangement. Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz are terrific in their solos. Both show a penchant for long winding lines that explore the farthest reaches of the chord changes, and an approach to rhythm that is both smooth and angular at the same time. The phrasing is quick and light, but the accents of the lines reach accross the time signatures.
Tristano is a wonder. He was the master of the impossibly long line...melodic material spins out from his fingers in seemingly endless streams. Tristano is all about invention. He doesn't seem to have any licks at all. You never know where line will end up. It is endlessly inventive and exciting playing. And his harmonic structure is nearly Scriabinesque.
The revolutionary cuts from this period are Intuition and Digression. Both are examples of completely free playing, something that Tristano'sgroups had been experimenting with for many years in their live gigs. This is not the kind of free playing that you would hear from the great avant-gardists of the 60's. Rather, it is full of feeling, but not emotive...exploratory but not dissonant for dissonance's sake. The players form an almost telepathic bond, with motives and phrases past around from member to member.Read more ›
By the way, the Warne Marsh tracks are almost as beautiful. Buy this music!!!
Most of the CD includes later recordings with Lee Konitz and others. Again these are most interesting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pure excitement here. There is nothing outdated or mundane about this capture of two fabulous musicians at their peak, and at an especially vivid moment in jazz history. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lennie Tristano & Warne Marsh's INTUITION is one of those albums imbued with musical MAGIC, and if you are drawn to Jazz, you may find this offering irresistible. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by DAVID HALL
Unless you carefully read the cover art, you'll be surprised to learn that Tristano doesn't even appear on a majority of the album's cuts. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Dr. Rico
The easiest answer - yes to all three - is probably also the most correct. The tracks from the 1949 sessions with Lennie Tristano are mainline be-bop for sure, but Tristano nudges... Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Gio