The New Tristano

Lennie Tristano

There’s no explaining tastes and fads, I suppose. There is a way to explain why this music will never lose its urgency, though. On the piano, Tristano speaks in his own vigorous, organic tongue, with a left hand as distinctive and idiosyncratic, shall I say it? As Monk. I’m not placing the two on the same pedestal, that would be unfair to both, especially to Thelonious, who was active for far longer, and whose work was far more influential and in the end iconic. Still, the drive, the time, the Amazonian flow of Lennie merits respect and rewards frequent listening.

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