Clare Fischer: Lennie's Pennies


Lennie’s Pennies


Clare Fischer (piano)


Blues Trilogy (Discovery 936)

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Clare Fischer (piano), Gary Foster (alto sax), John Patitucci (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums),

Joe Soldo (flute, clarinet), Gene Cipriano (alto flute, clarinet), Bob Tricarico (clarinet, bass clarinet), Jack Nimitz (contrabass clarinet)


Recorded: Hollywood, November 7, 1982


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

A wandering, unmeasured prelude morphs into a bristling rendition of cool jazz icon Lennie Tristano’s complex line over the chords of “Pennies from Heaven.” Altoist Gary Foster was the ideal horn man for the tune since his major influence was the alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, who had recorded the piece with Tristano himself. This was an early recording for bassist John Patitucci, whose explosive playing foreshadowed his subsequent star status. The woodwinds supply background phases from time to time, but it’s mainly a quartet performance.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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