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by Marv Friedenn
Sat May 16, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: The Tristano school and time
Replies: 6
Views: 10500

Lennie usually plays like he has a bass and drums pulsating at his fingertips even when he plays alone (some might even add a tap dancer), whereas Connie Crothers’ time is more floaty, less predictable, more like bubbles breaking than waves. So, as does Ryan, I too miss Lennie’s rumble in Connie...
by Marv Friedenn
Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Bebop Kali (a recreation)
Replies: 0
Views: 12220

Bebop Kali (a recreation)

Le premier [“Glad Am Iâ€
by Marv Friedenn
Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:03 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: I wish I had written Lennie's Copy
Replies: 1
Views: 14359

I wish I had written Lennie's Copy

I would have had him say, "Well planned improvisation a contradiction? The cliff is well planned that one stands at the edge of and balances." Notice, Lennie doesn't jump. I respect that decision. There's as much reason to jump as not to. So why not balance doubt as if doubt were as real a...
by Marv Friedenn
Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:51 pm
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: A gift for you all...
Replies: 3
Views: 7059

Old hat now, but to have witnessed in 1947 the unconditional emancipation of the improvisation from the composed melody line (especially from a tune as familiar as “I Got Rhythmâ€
by Marv Friedenn
Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:33 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Tristano’s Free Jazz (& POEtry)
Replies: 2
Views: 5907

Ethan Iverson‘s latest contribution is runoff from his earlier lengthy discussion of Lennie Tristano (see Jostber’s post Do The Math). Of interest here is Ethan’s opinion that Lennie’s recorded free form experiments in 1949 had no influence on the free jazz of the 1960s. That in fact the two...
by Marv Friedenn
Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:40 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Review of "Yesterdays"
Replies: 7
Views: 13443

When B T speaks of luxuriating at the piano, playing completely free form, indeed 88-tone music, I think of 8 seconds of Lennie's solo on "Yesterday" (New York, March 14, 1949 with Billy Bauer), beginning 27 seconds into the piece and ending at 35 seconds, where left and right hands defy t...
by Marv Friedenn
Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Review of "Yesterdays"
Replies: 7
Views: 13443

Beauty in the eye of the beholder sounds to me too much like the beholder has something in his eye, is hermetically sealed off instead of being on the receiving end of a communication from the producer of the beauty, namely, the artist. Beauty is a social product, a collaboration. The artist has som...
by Marv Friedenn
Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Review of "Yesterdays"
Replies: 7
Views: 13443

Atonality exposes the fallacious eternality of tonality--that is, that tonality expresses eternal (rather than expedient) truths, essential (rather than indoctrinated) feelings. But if that’s all atonality does, it ends up ingeniously ugly. The mark of beautiful atonality is that it believes in it...
by Marv Friedenn
Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:00 pm
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Group Improvisation: Lennie and Ornette
Replies: 0
Views: 10336

Group Improvisation: Lennie and Ornette

Neglectful of the Tristano experiments carried out in the late 1940s, music critics generally credit Ornette Coleman with the invention of free jazz. So, curious about how Ornette’s effort stacks up against Lennie’s, I acquired “Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation by the Ornette Coleman Doub...
by Marv Friedenn
Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: A tip of the hat or a rip-off??
Replies: 4
Views: 6530

The 1956 portrait by Jay Maisel of the blind, spectral shaman of jazz versus runner-up in a postage stamp contest. I don't know Dinizio's music. The photo suggests the head of a turtle. By any stretch of the imagination does that apply?

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