Lennie Tristano: Line Up

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Line Up

Artist

Lennie Tristano (piano)

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Lennie Tristano / The New Tristano

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Musicians:

Lennie Tristano (piano), Peter Ind (bass), Jeff Morton (drums).

Composed by Lennie Tristano

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Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Using early (1955) multi-tracking techniques in his home studio, Tristano recorded his piano over prerecorded rhythm tracks by bassist Peter Ind and drummer Jeff Morton. We’ll probably never know for sure whether Tristano sped up the tapes in order to get the rather unusual piano sound, but it doesn’t matter. This track is an amazing improvisation played over the chord changes to “All of Me,” and a perfect example of Tristano’s trademark lines and phrasing. If you want to check this tune out further, a transcription is included in Eunmi Shim’s book Lennie Tristano: His Life in Music.

Reviewer: Frank Kimbrough (for Desert Island Dozens)

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