By Steve Provizer, The Arts Fuse
Jazz doesn’t have many éminences grise. Either a musician’s influence is widely acknowledged, as in, for example, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, or a reputation is maintained by way of a subtler stylistic bleed-through, which is common. There are differences of opinion about the importance of pianist Lennie Tristano. His adherents hail the school Tristano developed as an important alternative to the bebop modality. His denigrators find his approach somewhat cold and hyper-intellectualized, its reverberations limited. Most jazz musicians and critics — myself included — fall somewhere in between. Read the full review here.