No this is not true at all. If he ever criticized a musician it was strictly his opinion about that particular musician's musicianship. Race had nothing to do with it. It is unjust to spin it this way. Just look at some of the musicians he raved about ... Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and Bud Powell, to name a few. Those just named are all "African-American jazz musicians", the last of which he named one of his sons after!
Unfortunately we do live in a world rife with racists, and rife with those who in their own insecurities will unfairly play the "race card". Lennie Tristano was neither, although he had to deal with both, just like all the rest of us!
Real music transcends all of this, by the way ...
Yes, he did have strong opinions!
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I don't agree with statement about racism. It had place some time ago but not now, nowadays people are really afraid to express some racist acts and thoughts about Afro-americans. Now write people are victims. I guess nowadays you have even more rights and opportunities if you are Afro-american. Some time ago every term paper of help unemployment wrote about discrimination of different races, but you won't find anything like this now.
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