Pete Christlieb

Conversations With Warne, Vol. 1

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Pete Christlieb had a special opportunity to record with one of his idols, fellow tenor Warne Marsh, on this quartet session with bassist Jim Hughart and drummer Nick Ceroli. Christlieb, a powerful player himself, blends in well with Marsh and the results are both complementary and competitive. Two CDs' worth of material resulted from the one night's work. As was usual with Marsh and his teacher, Lennie Tristano, the "originals" were all based on the chord changes of standard songs and most of the song titles (such as "Weeping Willow," "India No Place," and "Woody and You") give away the original sources. This stimulating music is easily recommended to fans of straight-ahead jazz and the Tristano school; Christlieb not only held his own with Marsh, but clearly inspired him.

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