Lennie Tristano (with Lee Konitz): If I Had You


If I Had You


Lennie Tristano (piano) and Lee Konitz (alto sax)


Lennie Tristano / The New Tristano (Rhino / Atlantic 71595)

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Lennie Tristano (piano), Lee Konitz (alto sax), Gene Ramey (bass), Art Taylor (drums).

Composed by James Campbell, Reginald Connelly & Ted Shapiro


Recorded: The Sing Song Room of the Confucius Restaurant, New York, Summer, 1955


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Mr. Tristano's musical persona had so many different sides. Here he comps with thick, bouncy voicings behind Konitz's lyrical improvisation, then digs in with a block-chords-from-hell solo. Imagine how George Shearing might have played if he had possessed an extra few fingers, and you will have some idea of what this sounds like. But Konitz comes back sweet as your sister on her first date, and you would never guess that anyone had roughed up the keyboard. Another great track from Tristano's memorable live date in that unlikely setting, the Sing Song Room of the Confucius Restaurant.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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