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Lennie Tristano

A pianist of exceptional co-ordination and skill, for whom playing in different metres with each hand held no terrors, Lennie Tristano overcame blindness to become one of the leading teachers in jazz. While he was studying for his music degree in Chicago in the early 1940s, he had already begun playing and working with a circle of musicians who became his pupils - including saxophonist Lee Konitz and guitarist Billy Bauer.

Tristano mastered the bebop style, playing both intricate runs and sustained chordal passages, and by the late 1940s was working in New York, where he made some significant discs with the musicians who had developed bebop - notably Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. But his own musical direction involved exploring ideas of both freedom and abstraction, together with a 'cool' atmosphere.

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Albums

Abstraction & Improvisation
Abstraction &...
FiveFour
2007
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Live In New York
Jazz Records
2004
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Intuition
Intuition
Proper Records
2004
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[no cover]
1947-1951
Jazz Records
2003
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[no cover]
1946-1947
Jazz Records
2001
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The Complete Atlantic...
Jazz Records
1997
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