Lennie Tristano — Descent into the Maelstrom (Jazz Records)
Simply put, Lennie Tristano is one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated musicians in jazz. Now
that the textbooks have finally begun to give him credit for pioneering free
improvisation with his 1949 combo recordings, it is time that notice was taken
of an even more radical recording of four years later, and it was the last
Tristano album to be released in his lifetime.
Descent into the Maelstrom was
not issued until 1976, when it came out on East Wind in Japan. If for nothing else, this reissue should be
snapped up for the three and a half minute whirlwind title track, but other
surprises await those familiar with previous incarnations of this neglected
All the featured artwork from the bands I play in that had a track on Tunes From The Toilet Vol. 2 that was put out by Continuum. Records. Fit For A Funeral picture taken by Mike Sweeney (yvng-gloom). DITM and Puncture Wounds artwork are my own edits.