I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You is not a Tristano original, but is nonetheless very connected to Tristano’s recorded legacy. “Ghost of a Chance” has been recorded countless times by many of the greats including Bing Crosby (who co-authored the lyrics), Lester Young, Frank Sinatra, etc… As far as I can tell there are only three recordings of Lennie playing this song:
1) Solo on September 23rd 1947 for the Victor Label
2) With Lee Konitz at the Confucius Restaurant on June 11th, 1955
3) Solo in Copenhagen on October 31st 1965.
I love each version, but have been really digging the early solo version lately.
Thanks for following along on The Seven Days of Lennie. If any of you will be in Seattle on November 4th and 5th, I’ll be performing all of these compositions (and more) with my Quintet at the Gallery 1412 and Egan’s Ballard Jam House respectively. For more details go here.