NPR: Lennie Tristano’s private stash of recordings reveal a trove of free improvisations – a review of the Lennie Tristano Mosaic set

By Kevin Whitehead

Connie Crothers Quartet: “The Call” 02-04-14 Roulette

Controversy or technology?

Lee Konitz 1927 -2020

“Konitz was the most significant and visible apostle of pianist Lennie Tristano, whose theories and experiments led to an alternative stream of bebop jazz that continues to resonate in the 21st century.”

Lennie Tristano and Charlie Parker – New England Public Radio

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Always loved this photo! – kt

From the post: “Carl Woideck notes in his biography of Parker, that in Tristano and Thelonious Monk, he had occasion to play with pianists “whose harmonic conceptions might have spontaneously led him in new harmonic directions,” but Woideck doesn’t find Bird “markedly responding to [their] pungent voicings and reharmonizations.” Nonetheless, “Victory Ball,” which is based on “’S Wonderful,” not only inspired Bird to “play the devil” out of it, but the head is pure Lennie, and as played in unison by Parker, Tristano, and guitarist Billy Bauer, it’s one of few performances in Parker’s career in which the concept belongs as much to a colleague as to Bird himself.

A very warm recollection of Lennie…

A Vision for Lennie, the Movie

By Stuart Mitchner


JazzTimes 10: Essential Lennie Tristano Recordings

Lennie Tristano: The Jazz Guru

Ray Manzarek’s Walking Bass Lines…