Lennie Tristano

Rarest Trio/Quartet Sessions (1946-1947)

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This collector's LP (from an Italian label) lives up to its name. These are among the rarest studio recordings of the remarkable pianist/teacher Lennie Tristano. He is heard on a dozen trio performances with guitarist Billy Bauer and either Leonard Gaskin John Levy or John LaPorta (who was avant-garde for his time) joins Lennie for four explorative quartet pieces. The music is utterly fascinating overall and shows that Tristano was already well past bebop, which was considered a revolutionary music itself at the time.