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Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 2:20 am
talk about lennie tristano.
what's your favourite of his tracks? i like "descent into the maelstrom"
Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:01 pm
Two of my favorites are East Thirty Second, and C minor complex.
There's this line at about 3:20 into E32nd that always gives me a chill, it sounds like a chunk of rock n roll smack dab in the middle of one dissonant, wailing jam!
C minor complex has a section that builds and builds like ocean waves growing to tidal velocity, then crashing down and taking everything with it.
Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:41 pm
From a compositional standpoint â€” I mean creating some great unison lines that are real jaw-droppers â€” I'd go with "317 East 32nd", "Wow" and especially "Lennieâ€“Bird" because of the incredible superstucture of the new melody over those "How High The Moon" chords.
I'm not a schooled musician â€” can't even read â€” and it must have taken me a half-dozen tries to mentally get through that line while keeping the original melody in mind; once I did, the genius of LT's accent placement, especially after the thrill of those cleverly arranged triplets in the first couple bars, really put a smile on my face.
In the same vein. the lone Ronnie Ball "composition" and his other concoctions on the All About Ronnie LP/CD (Savoy) are right up there with Tristano's best, IMO. But that's another topic...
Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 1:48 pm
I was just listening to the Mosaic box set, and Turkish Mambo is so delightful. At the moment I'd have to go with Line Up, the drive on that piece is just unreal.
Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2004 1:22 pm
I agree, for me, it is Line Up. These choices are always sodifficul, as all of his work has much to offer, however, the drive is amazing.
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 4:48 pm
.....but what about "Requiem"? The opening chord is so memorable; like
the Grieg Concerto - once you've heard that first chord you'll know it
forever. The stolid, studied chord-block in-tempo blues is full of tribute-to-Parker phrases - but they are so stamped with Lennie's special feel. |How
did he do it? All around him were the Brubeck-Peterson-Evans-Powell-Monk influenced outpourings from hundreds of pianists - yet LT was always so easily identifiable. That Copenhagen Video of him is a Godsend, though he looks frail and slightly unwell.
The trouble with many "top" jazz
pianists is that they seem to disregard the instrument - with Lennie, the love of the piano flows from him - his touch is so well considered. Such an artist - and the instigator of a sadly neglected jazz idiom - carefully balanced feeling, rather than scrotal outbursts of "colourful" funkiness.
Solo on If I Had You
Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 1:32 am
I've always loved Line Up, Turkish Mambo and most of the solo piano work on The New Tristano. But lately I've been really taken with Lennie's solo on If I Had You, particularly the first chorus which is all chords. Warne Marsh plays some nice stuff as well.
Posted: Fri May 07, 2004 1:36 am
I have these favourites: "Becoming" and "Love Lines" from The New Tristano. "Requiem" and "East Thirty-Second" from Lennie Tristano, and "Wow" and "Yesterdays" from Intuition. Great, creative and enduring jazz that gives me a lot of inspiration for my own music. And I must also add that I love "Just Judy" from the earlier sessions. I haven't heard any of the songs he did with Charlie Parker but are looking forward to getting hold of those.
Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2004 11:40 pm
I think my favorite track is probably Jazz of two cities
Posted: Sun Sep 05, 2004 3:12 pm
yeah, line up is a real prasing firework! lines from fat city, but im breakin my ears with transcibing it at the time. hey does anyone of you know this documentary film by jan horne "Manhattan Studio"? maybe how to get it?
IÂ´m writing my diploma paper over LT and kept searchin Days for that film, maybe someone could help?