Lennie Tristano duo recordings unearthed for new album

    With Lenny Popkin, Connie Crothers and Roger Mancuso.

    Lennie Tristano Duo Sessions album
    Lennie Tristano in 1960. Image: GAB Archive/Redferns via Getty Images

    A new album of duo recordings by Lennie Tristano—the first in a series of unearthed recordings by the Chicago-born pianist—has been released today.

    The Duo Sessions presents both standards and originals by Tristano, playing in three different duo configurations: with tenor saxophonist Lenny Popkin in 1970, pianist Connie Crothers in 1976 and drummer Roger Mancuso in 1967/68. The Crothers recordings, made only two years before Tristano’s death in 1978, mark the only piano duo he ever recorded in.

    These recordings have never been released, until now. Jerry Roche, co-founder of Dot Time Records, worked with Popkin and Lennie Tristano’s daughter Carol Tristano on the album.

    Stream The Duo Sessions below: