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School of Tristano 2 (716043166121)


  • 1. Sax Of A Kind
    2. Leave Me Alone [Take 1]
    3. Playa Del Ray
    4. Requiem
    5. Lennie Bird
    6. Just Way There You Are
    7. Palo Alto
    8. Lennie's Pennies
    9. Sop Goes The Leasel
    10. April [Take 1]
    11. Line Up
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 31663

  • Credits
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    Eric Rasmussen: Eric Rasmussen (alto saxophone); Nate Radley (guitar); Dave Ambrosio (bass instrument); Matt Wilson (drums).
    Alto saxophonist Eric Rasmussen recorded his first volume of compositions by Lennie Tristano and some of his most famous students in 2006. When producer Nils Winther discovered that this only represented a fraction of Rasmussen's repertoire of songs by Tristano and his disciples, he quickly suggested additional record dates. This volume, taped around the same time as volume three, features the same quartet with guitarist Nate Radley, bassist Dave Ambrosio, and the in-demand drummer Matt Wilson, all of whom excel in facing the challenges of the intricate reworking of familiar songs as envisioned by Tristano, Lee Konitz, Ronnie Ball, Billy Bauer, and Ted Brown. Rasmussen avoided listening to the available recordings of the pieces the quartet performed, in order to guarantee fresh approaches to each song. As on the earlier session, the quartet dives headfirst into each of these demanding compositions, constantly challenging themselves as improvisers building upon the framework by their predecessors. Two of Tristano's pieces are based upon "I'll Remember April," "April," and "April Fool," though they are very different works. Rasmussen's unison playing with Radley in Konitz's fiendishly difficult "Sound Lee" is superb. Tristano fans will enjoy digging out the original recordings by the pianist, Konitz, Ball, Bauer, and Brown to compare them with the stunning interpretations on this highly recommended disc. ~ Ken Dryden

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  • Genre: Jazz
  • UPC: 716043166121
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