Intuition

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
No less an expert than Gerry Mulligan gave credit for the cool jazz movement to the early recordings of Lennie Tristano, rather than Miles Davis’s celebrated Birth of the Cool sessions, to which Mulligan himself contributed. Tristano, a remarkable pianist, composer, bandleader, and musical theoretician, gathered around him some of the most unique players of the day, including alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, tenorist Warne Marsh, and guitarist Billy Bauer. Though all individualists, they shared Tristano's view that modern jazz could maintain its harmonic and melodic variety at reduced dynamics and with a more evenly applied rhythmic base. Some of the stunning initial ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
No less an expert than Gerry Mulligan gave credit for the cool jazz movement to the early recordings of Lennie Tristano, rather than Miles Davis’s celebrated Birth of the Cool sessions, to which Mulligan himself contributed. Tristano, a remarkable pianist, composer, bandleader, and musical theoretician, gathered around him some of the most unique players of the day, including alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, tenorist Warne Marsh, and guitarist Billy Bauer. Though all individualists, they shared Tristano's view that modern jazz could maintain its harmonic and melodic variety at reduced dynamics and with a more evenly applied rhythmic base. Some of the stunning initial results can be found on the first half of this release, which gathers Tristano’s groundbreaking Capitol recordings of 1949. The proto–free jazz pieces, "Intuition" and "Digression," are particularly fascinating examples of Tristano’s visionary approach. The remainder of the CD presents Marsh’s rare 1956 album Jazz of Two Cities which also featured fellow tenor saxophonist Ted Brown. This rewarding session displays how Marsh skillfully applied Tristano’s dictums in differing musical situations.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD brings back a formerly rare set by Warne Marsh, plus seven classic performances that serve as the high point of Lennie Tristano's career. Oddly enough, the Tristano date is programmed second. First is a full-length album which matches Warne Marsh with the cooler but complementary tone of fellow tenor Ted Brown plus pianist Ronnie Ball, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Jeff Morton. The original eight selections are joined by four alternate takes recorded in mono. Marsh and Brown blend together well, Ball has several creative solos, and most of the "originals" are based closely on familiar standards. However, the main reason to acquire this CD is for the seven remarkable Tristano tracks which feature his finest group consisting of the pianist/leader, altoist Lee Konitz, Marsh on tenor, guitarist Billy Bauer, bassist Arnold Fishkin, and either Harold Granowsky or Denzil Best on drums. Tristano's music was unique and even more advanced than most bop of the late '40s. While he confined the rhythm section to very quiet timekeeping, the vibrato-less horns and Tristano himself played very long melodic lines, constantly improvising. The stunning unisons performed by Konitz and Marsh particularly on "Wow" still sound remarkable today, as does the interplay of the two horns on "Sax of a Kind." "Intuition" and "Digression" were the first recorded free improvisations in jazz, but are quite coherent due to the musicians' familiarity with each other. Due to the Lennie Tristano performances, this CD reissue which has over 75 minutes of music is essential for all jazz collections.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/1996
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724385277122
  • Catalog Number: 52771
  • Sales rank: 50,054

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warne Marsh Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Billy Bauer Guitar
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
Lennie Tristano Piano
Ronnie Ball Piano
Ted Brown Tenor Saxophone
George Tucker Bass
Denzil Best Drums
Jeff Morton Drums
Arnold Fishkind Bass
Harold Granowsky Drums
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Pete Rugolo Producer
Jerome Kern Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Otto Harbach Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Terry Martin Liner Notes
Bunny Robyn Engineer
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