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Lennie Tristano: Cool Reputation, Hot Jazz

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Lennie Tristano: Cool Reputation, Hot Jazz

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Lennie Tristano: Cool Reputation, Hot Jazz

Lennie Tristano: Cool Reputation, Hot Jazz

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Lennie Tristano had a cool, egghead reputation — Time called him the "Schoenberg of Jazz" — but he could play pretty hot. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a newly released 1951 live recording by the pianist's sextet at Chicago's Blue Note club.