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Genres: Jazz, Pop
This CD brings together some of the greatest cool jazz ever recorded--Tristano's 1949 sextet sessions for Capitol and Marsh's 1956 masterpiece Jazz of Two Cities. Tristano's sessions (which feature Marsh and Lee Konitz on ... more »
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This CD brings together some of the greatest cool jazz ever recorded--Tristano's 1949 sextet sessions for Capitol and Marsh's 1956 masterpiece Jazz of Two Cities. Tristano's sessions (which feature Marsh and Lee Konitz on sax) are breathtaking displays of exciting and intellectually challenging bop, and the final two cuts--"Intuition" and "Digression"--prefigure free jazz. While less adventurous, Marsh's 1956 outing (with Ted Brown on tenor sax) is a beautiful collection of standards and originals. It clearly demonstrates why Tristano thought Marsh was one of the great jazz improvisers. --Bill Holdship
Way Ahead of the Times!
Christopher Forbes | Brooklyn,, NY | 08/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tristano was a musician more talked about than listened to during his heyday. But he was way ahead of his time...really music hasn't truly caught up with him (as it hasn't really caught up with any of the great innovators.) This album contains all of Tristano's classic 1949 sides recorded for Capitol with his sextet. On the surface, this stuff sounds like bop...but listen closely, it is really another world. Most of the tunes are based on traditional chord changes, like bop heads. But the heads are more intricate, requiring more arrangement, sometimes quite complex arrangement. Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz are terrific in their solos. Both show a penchant for long winding lines that explore the farthest reaches of the chord changes, and an approach to rhythm that is both smooth and angular at the same time. The phrasing is quick and light, but the accents of the lines reach accross the time signatures. Tristano is a wonder. He was the master of the impossibly long line...melodic material spins out from his fingers in seemingly endless streams. Tristano is all about invention. He doesn't seem to have any licks at all. You never know where line will end up. It is endlessly inventive and exciting playing. And his harmonic structure is nearly Scriabinesque. The revolutionary cuts from this period are Intuition and Digression. Both are examples of completely free playing, something that Tristano'sgroups had been experimenting with for many years in their live gigs. This is not the kind of free playing that you would hear from the great avant-gardists of the 60's. Rather, it is full of feeling, but not emotive...exploratory but not dissonant for dissonance's sake. The players form an almost telepathic bond, with motives and phrases past around from member to member. The freedom, which is intense, never descends into chaos, as it could in the worst examples of the New York energy school. And Tristano, like Cecil Taylor after him, directs everything from the keyboard. These are experiments, but ones that every musician should hear. Close study of Tristano would put alot of energy back into the worn out "New Traditionalist" movement in jazz. The Warne Marsh cuts from the late 50s initially disappointed me, partly because I hadn't looked carefully at the cover info, and I was expecting all Tristano. Compared to the adventurousness of the 1949 cuts, the Marsh sides sound like alot of other "West Coast School" jazz albums. But that's just a superficial reading of the recordings. More careful listening shows that Marsh really profitted from his time in New York with Tristano. His lines are still exploratory and "out" in a way that Chet Baker and even Gerry Mulligan never really approached. Marsh may have been one of the more underrated tenor players of the 50's. This set swings, but repays careful listening as well. tThe remastering of the sides is terrific. They both sound much more modern than their dates would suggest...the Tristano sides sound cleaner than I've ever heard them, even on vinyl! So get this disc for the Tristano sides, they are classic. But the Marsh sides are worth a listen too. You owe it to yourself to listen to these searching musicians. They will expand your appreciation of the art form of jazz."
This music sounds as fresh today as the day it was recorded!
Buddy Dearent | Lawrence, MA. | 07/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Years ago as a high school student, one evening after midnight, I turned on my bedside radio and came upon radio station WJZ from New York. The DJ was Symphony Sid Torin who played jazz from midnight to five A.M. That was the first time heard WOW which appears on this CD. That tune got me hooked on the players of the Tristano school. The music was entirely different than what was happening at the time and remains so today. This music sounds as fresh today as the day it was recorded. All tunes except Digression and Intuition which are the first recorded attempts at free form playing, are based on the chord progressions of standard tunes. Marionette is September in the rain, Sax of a kind is on the Fine and Dandy changes and so forth. The Warne Marsh Quintet recordings originally released in mono as Jazz of Two Cities and stereo as The Winds of Marsh, are a lot looser and more swinging. Every selection in this CD has stood the test of time. I had the 78rpm copies of the Tristano material, later on LP, and also the Warne Marsh LP. The Warne Marsh tracks also feature tenor saxophonist Ted Brown who I believe to be the freshest improviser in jazz today. Two fine examples of Ted's more current playing can be heard on the Lee Konitz CD called Figure and Spirit and Ted's own date for Criss Cross called Free Spirit. Don't miss hearing it."
This is beautiful music by some under-appreciated musicians
Buddy Dearent | 12/02/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before buying this wonderful CD, I had read that Lennie Tristano was an under-appreciated musical genius. After buying it, I understand that he was a genius and needs to be listened to by more people. I can't believe that Tristano was making music like this in the late '40s. It is complex, but beautiful. The song "Yesterdays" is a flowing melody between piano and guitar that is one of the prettiest pieces of music I have ever heard. I sincerely hope that more music enthusiasts will introduce themselves to Lennie Tristano. By the way, the Warne Marsh tracks are almost as beautiful. Buy this music!!!"