Don’t bother with "Betty Scott Sings With Lennie Tristano."
The CD features 11 sloooow ballads recorded in Tristano’s Hollis, N.Y., studio during sessions in 1965, 1971 and 1974.
Chicago-born Tristano was an innovative piano player and educator. After arriving on the jazz scene in the 1940s, he went on to perform with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and other greats as well as his own groups. Tristano's legacy includes the founding of a jazz school in New York in 1951. It was the first of its kind. Tristano, who was blinded as an infant, is now recognized as having been a pioneer in the free jazz sound. His dramatic chords and harmonically risky playing are evident on the CD.
The last of the recording sessions took place about four years before his death in 1978.
There’s little information about Scott. Made up of nothing more than a couple of quotes, the liner notes offer no insight into the vocalist and the recording sessions.
Unfortunately, Tristano and Scott are out of sync throughout the recording. Many of the familiar songs have been slowed down and the melodies lost. Scott’s singing is fine when she stays in the lower register, but she has a tendency to go shrill.
If that’s not enough, an annoying hiss can be heard on several of the songs.
The CD is disappointing even for Tristano fans.