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Library JournalThe label misunderstood lonerhas been one of the weights shouldered by jazz musician Lennie Tristano (1919–78) from the early 1940s, when he first began playing in Chicago clubs, to his dying days in New York. Not only critics but also fellow musicians often portrayed the pianist and teacher as a cold, stubborn, arrogant narcissist. But perhaps his greatest legacy was his overwhelming desire to see jazz as art in and of itself, not subject to market forces such as smoky clubs and unscrupulous record companies. Over time, Tristano's image has softened somewhat owing to more exposure via his recordings and those he influenced. Now, in her first book, Shim (music, Worcester Polytechnic Inst.) offers a more respectful and fuller view than other critics have offered of this influential man, her thorough research honed to a fine balance and finish of biographic information and musical theory. Together with Peter Ind's Jazz Visions: Lennie Tristano and His Legacy, her book gives readers an excellent opportunity to learn why Tristano was so important to the evolution of jazz. Recommended.
—William G. Kenz