Magazine articles and newspaper references to Lennie Tristano.
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Richie Beirach discovers the essence of bop in his transcriptions and examinations of a monumental Tristano solo, "Line Up"
“Line Up” is 32 bar progression based on the chord progression to “All Of Me”. the song is off of a recording called LENNIE TRISTANO which is part of a twofer CD with THE NEW TRISTANO. “Line Up” is comprised of 7 choruses of some really personal and inventive melodic lines. Tristano doesn’t play an opening melody; after resting for 8 bars, letting the rhythm section do its thing (the rhythm track was pre-recorded; rumor has it that Tristano’s lines were recorded at half speed. the piano sound has been altered, nevertheless…) he dives headlong into his improvisation. what strikes me most strongly about this solo, aside from his extraordinary technique and clean articulation, is his wide of use rhythmically displaced phrases.
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