I’m excited to announce that in exactly one week I’ll be playing a couple gigs up in Seattle with my Lennie Tristano Project. Although I’ve always referred to this project as a “Lennie Band,” it’s only recently that we’ve expanded our repertoire enough to be able to play a full set of music comprised entirely of Tristano compositions. Each day for the next week leading up to our first Seattle show I’ll be giving a little preview of one of the Lennie Lines that we will be playing. Each post will include a recording (or several) as well as a transcription. Enjoy!
317 E. 32nd St. (based on “Out of Nowhere”) is one of the most commonly played Tristano heads. It’s one of the first ones I learned, and is a great tune to warm up on. Listen to the way that Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh played it at the Half Note in 1959. They’re soooo loose with some of those rhythms. Check out the phrase at 36 seconds!! The version of Lennie and the Quintet live in Toronto in ’52 is great as well.
Here’s the transcription: 317 E. 32nd
**Note: all of these transcriptions are intended for practical performance use and don’t take into account many rhythmic idiosyncrasies. Some of them compile different elements from different versions as these tunes were often played very differently each time.