Contrary to previous belief, Lennie Tristano's recording career did not begin with his Keynote sessions of 1946. Between May 1945 and early 1946, the pianist waxed a few marvelous solos in Chicago and inaugurated his presence in New York by cooking up a batch of modernized standards with tenor saxophonist Emmett Carls and a small contingent from Woody Herman's Herd (Markie Markowitz, Earl Swope, Chubby Jackson, and Don Lamond.). A Masters of Jazz compilation issued in 1999 combines this material with 15 tracks recorded with guitarist Billy Bauer and bassist Clyde Lombardi for Harry Lim's Keynote label on October 8, 1946. This truly modern jazz combines all of the inventive restlessness of bop with elements of coolness and the cerebral complexities of chamber music. The early, pre-Keynote material used to be quite rare; it was brought into general availability on the 2003 Proper box Lennie Tristano: Intuition. This excellent chronological anthology anticipated that development by several years.
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