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New York Improvisations - Vinyl Record

by Lennie Tristano

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180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed

One of jazz music's best kept secrets, Chicago born pianist Lennie Tristano was a major innovator in his field and is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. The blind pianist of Italian descent was also the first jazz musician to perform and record in the free jazz style. In 1949, several years before Ornette Coleman, his quintet recorded what is widely considered the very first free jazz album. However, Tristano was suspicious of record labels and recorded very rarely, preferring to concentrate his efforts on teaching, opening one of the first jazz schools in NYC in 1951 (students included Charles Mingus, Lee Konitz, Wayne Marsh, among others), making the few records he did record all the more significant. This album, originally released on his own Jazz Records label was recorded in 1955-56 in Tristano's Manhattan studio and features Peter Ind on bass and Tom Weyburn on drums.

1. Manhattan Studio
2. My Melancholy Baby
3. Love Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)
4. I'll See You In My Dreams
5. There Will Never Be Another You
6. Momentum
7. Mean To Me
8. All The Things You Are
9. I'll Remember April

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180/200 GRAM Vinyl LP

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