Lennie Tristano - Descent Into the Maelstrom (1953-1965)
Recorded betweeen 1953 and 1965. Released in 1978. Label: Inner City Records
Lennie Tristano, piano Sonny Dallas, bass Peter Ind, bass Roy Haynes, drums Nick Stabulas, drums
1. Descent Into The Maelstrom (3:24) 2. Dream: Paris 1965 (2:58) 3. Image: Paris 1965 (3:25) 4. Take 1 (4:30) 5. Take 2 (3:11) 6. Take 3 (4:03) 7. Stretch (6:08) 8. Pastime (3:39) 9. Ju-Ju (2:15) 10. Con Con (8:47)
This hard-to-find LP starts off with the utterly unique title cut. On this completely atonal track (which predates Cecil Taylor by a few years), Lennie Tristano overdubbed several pianos and created picturesque and extremely intense music. The remainder of this album is mostly comprised of leftovers and rehearsal tracks which, considering Tristano's slim discography, is quite welcome. The pianist is heard solo in 1961 and 1965, in a trio with bassist Peter Ind and drummer Roy Haynes in 1952 and (in what might be his last recordings) performing a pair of originals with bassist Sonny Dallas and drummer Nick Stabulas in 1966. Tristano fans can consider this important release to be essential.
"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art." - CHARLIE PARKER