Friday, February 15, 2013

Lennie Tristano on Keynote

The earliest of these 19 sides, dating from 1946, capture Lennie Tristano at age 27, newly arrived in New York and beginning to carve a place for himself in the embryonic bebop scene. Playing with Billy Bauer on guitar and bassist Clyde Lombardi, Tristano shows off a mix of youthful verse and pianistic elegance, coupled with effortless, seamless invention, matched by Bauer's crisp, economical, yet quietly flamboyant guitar. Other, later sides included here, from the following year, capture Tristano and company moving into more dissonant and experimental territory, challenging the listeners without ever losing them as he ranges across unexpected tonalities. It's all glorious listening, and don't be put off by the multiple takes of all but three compositions here because no two are alike enough to make it seem like you've been there before.
Bruce Eder

Source :

Lennie Tristano Trio
The Complete Lennie Tristano


1 Out on a Limb* (Tristano) 2:38
2 Out on a Limb (Tristano) 2:51
3 Out on a Limb (Tristano) 2:41
4 I Can't Get Started* (Duke, Gershwin) 2:58
5 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin) 2:55
6 I Surrender, Dear* (Barris, Clifford) 2:34
7 I Surrender, Dear* (Barris, Clifford) 2:20
8 I Surrender, Dear (Barris, Clifford) 3:06
9 Untitled Blues* (Tristano) 3:48
10 Interlude (Gillespie, Paparelli) 3:56
11 Interlude* (Gillespie, Paparelli) 2:32
12 Interlude* (Gillespie, Paparelli) 3:00
13 Interlude* (Gillespie, Paparelli) 2:56
14 Interlude* (Gillespie, Paparelli) 1:42
15 Interlude* (Gillespie, Paparelli) 3:02
16 Blue Boy (Tristano) 2:48
17 Atonement (Tristano) 2:30
18 Coolin' off With Ulanov (Tristano) 2:49
19 Coolin' off With Ulanov* (Tristano) 2:30

* Previously Unissued Master/Alternate Take

Lennie Tristano - p
Billy Bauer - g
Clyde Lombardi or Bob Leininger [# 16-19] - b

Recorded in New York ; October 8, 1946 & May 23, 1947 [# 16-19]


OldHippieRick said...

Thanks 4 the gem Billy Bauer is my hero ;-)

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

LaroSwing said...

Thank you again and again and again for all this fabulous sharing!

rubberduck said...

Many thanks , Mel

The Jackal said...

Looking forward to this one Mel. Imagine being asked to play with Lennie as a guitarist ! Some confidence required.

es125 said...

lennie Tristano
cool Mel. Thanks much

Blue Eyes said...

Many thanks Mel for this one!

Philo said...

Thank you for this wonderful jazz obscurity.

Dfrankjazz said...

Thank you for this wonderful blog! I studied with Lennie for 6 years in the 1970's:) You may LOVE this new master class on him, free:)

Blessings and keep swingin!

Dave Frank
Director, Dave Frank School of Jazz

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Pernath said...

Great Post, Baruch, THanks!!!