The Seven Days of Lennie (Day 1)

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.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s