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Lennie Tristano / New Tristano

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1956
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00000337V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you are at all interested in the art of solo jazz piano you _must_ listen to this CD, which contains two Tristano albums, 'Lennie Tristano' (which also includes his trio), and 'The New Tristano' (which doesn't). The first of these albums features Tristano's revolutionary use of overdubbing, which led critics in the fifties to savage this album; many considered the technique as being somehow 'anti-jazz'. To answer these critcs/iques Tristano recorded 'The New Tristano' which used no overdubbing. Many people feel that this album is his masterwork. Here his improvisations have the intellectual rigour of the Bach preludes and fugues, while maintaining a strong swinging forward motion reminiscent of Art Tatum. Some of the best 'line playing' in jazz can be found here -- I love this album! The only reservation I have with this 'two for one' release is that the crown jewel of 'The New Tristano', 'C Minor Complex', is not included for lack of space. This is almost an insult to Tristano's memory, and at least a crying shame. This muck-up could be compared to leaving 'So What' off Miles Davis's 'Kind of Blue'. For this reason I give this CD 4, not 5 (or 10 if I could) stars.
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Lennie Tristano was a piano genius and also a master of arranging and making new and inspirational jazz music. The best example is here in this double package of his 2 most well-known jazz records: Lennie Tristano from 1955 and The New Tristano from 1962. The first contains the 4 masteful compositions Line Up, Requiem, Turkish Mambo and East Thirty-Second Street which is brilliant in its use of time changes, melody lines and atmosphere. Requiem is a great tribute to Charlie Parker who died the same year as this record was made. The rest of the record is 5 live recordings with Lee Konitz on tenor sax. Ghost of a chance is a very fine version. Lennie was a fan of the long, emotional improvisational line on the piano, and this is most evident in the solo record The New Tristano. This is a great piano classic with Lennie mixing in classical inspirations as well as bop, stride and whatever path his feelings lead him to in the creation of the music. My favourites here are Becoming, Love Lines and G Minor Complex. Absolutely essential jazz. Another record which is recommended is the hard-to-get Descent In the Maelstrom with the incredible title track.
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Mixed in with many of the more well known jazz musicians were some wonderful musicians that other musicians knew and loved, but the general public knew little about. Unfortunately, Tristano was one of these. A brilliant composer and pianst, his body of music is often hard for the average listener to access, since it didn't always follow along "traditional" lines. I always thought of Tristano as the technically magnificent Monk, but that sells both musicians short. Tristano was his own man, and the music that poured out from him was challenging, but always brilliant. It is a crime against nature and Tristano that the recording company left "C Minor Complex" off of this CD, though. Obviously, whoever made this CD knew very little about the music.
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Stunningly brilliant, actually. A life-long Keith Jarrett fan, I only recently had begun listening to Tristano. Quite different than Jarrettt, although no less impressive. There is a very 1950 prog jazz feel to this, a period of jazz I love and in summation, I think it fair to say that Tristano is to piano as Tal Farlow is to guitar: a vibrant pioneer and, yes, a true jazz innovator.
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All of the other reviewers are correct in describing Lennie as a sadly under-appreciated genius, and I have nothing to add concerning that issue. I will remark, however, that the five tunes in the middle of the record also feature some of Lee Konitz' best straight-ahead ballad playing that's recorded. His versions of "These Foolish Things" and "You Go To My Head" are among the most beautiful (and emotional!) I've ever heard, and merit a listen from anybody that thinks he is too dry and "cerebral." His tone may be dry, but (in this recording at least) his choice of notes all have purpose and feeling; and I guarantee that if given the proper concentration, they will move you to tears.
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