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by Marv Friedenn
Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:47 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Carnegie Hall Concert, December 24, 1949
Replies: 13
Views: 15399

Review of Carnegie Hall X-Mas '49 Stars of Modern Jazz

Concert. "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows." Top hit in 1949. Gene Autry. God help you if you did see it. We didn't know at the time but Rudolph was the code name of an intercontinental ballistic missile with an atomi...
by Marv Friedenn
Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:08 pm
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: New book on Lee Konitz is dedicated to Lennie
Replies: 11
Views: 12359

Lennie met Lee in 1943: "I was playing at the Winking Pub in Chicago, and this kid comes up and asks to sit in. He was playing tenor saxophone then, and he was horrible, atrocious." (AN UNSUNG CAT, Safford Chamberlain, p.50). Six years later the Tristano sextet, which included Lee, Warne a...
by Marv Friedenn
Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:50 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: New Book Contains Chapter On Lennie
Replies: 101
Views: 69186

Coda to a Thread

B T suggests that I might write more attractively if I wrote fiction. At once I imagine that the cover of the present book reads sermon on the flats: the egalitarian alternative to fortune worship: A NOVEL! Immediately I feel the relief that a reader must feel who is about to read a book that does n...
by Marv Friedenn
Sun Aug 26, 2007 1:13 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: Review of "Yesterdays"
Replies: 7
Views: 13805

Beautifying suffering sounds exploitative. But only beauty can give suffering its due. By providing the suffering with form, with beginning, middle and end, beauty and beauty alone conveys the hope that suffering will ultimately cease. But not yet cease. For beauty knows the obstacles that stand in ...
by Marv Friedenn
Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:57 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: New Book Contains Chapter On Lennie
Replies: 101
Views: 69186

I'd feel more comfortable ending this thread with a prayer instead of a scare.

God to angel: Float them in infinite space. Then give each of them thirty six million seven hundred ninety two thousand minutes to guess my name. If anyone succeeds my name is mud!
by Marv Friedenn
Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:41 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: New Book Contains Chapter On Lennie
Replies: 101
Views: 69186

B T proposes above that religion stands in the way of change. I agree. But I'm proud to say that as of 2007 SERMON ON THE FLATS stands in the way of religion!
by Marv Friedenn
Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: New Book Contains Chapter On Lennie
Replies: 101
Views: 69186

As to Lennie's attitude toward drummers, I don't have a coherent opinion. But here are a few impressions that may help. The fact that Lennie overdubbed Peter Ind and Jeff Morton on Line Up-East Thirty Second by no means reflects badly on Peter and Jeff. The commercial format of this split-improvisat...
by Marv Friedenn
Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: New Book Contains Chapter On Lennie
Replies: 101
Views: 69186

The egalitarianism of Lennie's overdubs on Pastime and Ju-Ju pivots on the expectation of the listener, not on the technique of the performer. I assume Lennie improvised on both tracks, on the original and the overdub, with his right hand. But the unwitting listener, having no reason to suspect a te...
by Marv Friedenn
Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:31 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: New Book Contains Chapter On Lennie
Replies: 101
Views: 69186

Supposing silence implies consent, let's turn to Liz Gorrill's painting on Connie Crothers' CD Concert at Cooper Union recorded in 1984, the year Orwell predicted the planet would be farmed. Edgar and Liz agree that a rainbow straddles the maelstrom. The rainbow is hope deferred. Not abandoned as in...
by Marv Friedenn
Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:45 am
Forum: Lennie Tristano
Topic: New Book Contains Chapter On Lennie
Replies: 101
Views: 69186

Requiem mystery solved at least to my satisfaction! The blues section begins 1:27 minutes into the piece. Start listening there and take a "blindfold test." Who'se playing? Someone with a staccato touch like Lennie's. My uneducated guess is James P. Johnson! Why Lennie should play a James ...

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