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Album Review

This LP-length CD contains five improvisations by pianist Lennie Tristano and bassist Sonny Dallas on "originals" based closely on common chord patterns and melodies. It was Tristano's wish that drums be added to these tapes at a later date so his daughter Carol Tristano overdubbed her rather basic timekeeping in 1993. Tristano collectors and completists will be interested in acquiring this CD but in reality the music is just average and nothing all that surprising occurs.


Born: 19 March 1919 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

The history of jazz is written as a recounting of the lives of its most famous (and presumably, most influential) artists. Reality is not so simple, however. Certainly the most important of the music's innovators are those whose names are known by all -- Armstrong, Parker, Young, Coltrane. Unfortunately, the jazz critic's tendency to inflate the major figures' status often comes at the expense of other musicians' reputations -- men and women who have made significant, even essential, contributions...
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