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jazz‐history teacher started a lesson with playing the recording of Warne Marsh – . Marshmellows song is a result of the teaching method of Lennie Tristano. That was . balance between feeling and the structural logic of his lines. The cooler. This solo piano album, largely improvised, had left-hand bass lines, block chords, Lennie Tristano is remembered for his unique style of jazz piano, his. Jazz Lines: Lennie Tristano Piano [Lennie Tristano] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Pianist Lennie Tristano was a very visible participant hazz the modern jazz innovations of the mids through the early s, winning polls and participating in all-star jam sessions. Yet his music was always a little outside the mainstream and was increasingly so as he began to experiment with fully improvised performances by While his focus on low dynamics and long flowing lines has been seen as a precursor of the cool school that arose early in the s, the better argument may be made that Tristano created an intellectual setting for the free jazz to come.

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During most of his life, Tristano remained an outsider in the jazz world. He recorded little and, as the years passed, increasingly restricted his music making to the confines of his home. His influence was more often exerted indirectly, through the activities of his students and followers, rather than his own efforts.

At times trisrano corps of ardent admirers took on the appearance of a cult, of which Tristano stood as high priest and oracle. For members, Tristano was the seer who saw the outlines of the future of jazz, celebrating it as a rugged, cerebral music, unforgiving and uncompromising. For those less favorably inclined, Tristano was a monomaniac whose mark tristnao the jazz scene was a matter of manipulation, rather than a result of superior musical values. Smithsonian Collection of Jazz Piano. For the most part, his music jasz little in common with the pared-down melody lines, the warm lyricism, the relaxed tempos and chamber music delicacy that characterized the cool jazz vocabulary.


Schuller, for his part, evaluates Tristano as part of his study of The Swing Era, and though a case could be made linking the pianist to swing period musicians such as Art Tatum and Mel Powell, this too remains an unsatisfying choice. Finally, one might see Trisatno as a precursor of the later free jazz movement.

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All these supposed genealogies can point to some family likeness nazz justify their claims. Tristano with Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz. His tracks with Konitz for the Prestige label are especially uncompromising.

Charlie Parker once suggested that the essence of modern jazz improvisation came from using the higher intervals of the underlying chords. Tristano and Konitz take Parker at his word uazz too much so: As a result, this music risks giving listeners a queasy, ungrounded sensation, despite its lissome execution.

While Ted Gioia sees Tristano solidly in the bebop world, Martin Schowten in the notes from Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz hears the roots of cool in his playing.

Unusual and exciting harmonic and rtistano twists were rare in the pure Tristano style, which was largely based on the construction of flowing melodic lines that swept across normally accepted breaks in phrasing. In terms of the dynamic level nothing much was allowed to happen and the rhythm section was only to play a time-keeping role.

The drummers had to play brushes on their snare drum, with a completely even attack throughout. Smithsonian Collection of Triwtano Jazz Crosscurrents.

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Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz. Played at any speed, it stands out as one of the finest jazz piano performances of the era. The alto sound is light, slightly dry and completely unlike the dominant Charlie Parker model of the time.


Lennie Tristano may have initiated some jazz innovations that influenced the move toward a cooler modern jazz, but the traditional telling of that story begins with Miles Davis. After four years with Charlie Parker, Miles made a surprising series of recordings with tritano by John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan and Gil Evans and featuring an unusual front line of trumpet, trombone, French horn. We will listen to these recordings and related explorations by Lewis, Mulligan and Evans in the next hour of Jazz at The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz.

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