Pianist/Composer Lennie Tristano and his Quartet with Lee Konitz. Live in 1955. Pianist/composer Lennie Tristano was an innovator and his concepts influenced many people. His ideas are carried on by Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Bill Charlap, Mulgrew Miller and so on. Tristano performed very rarely in public after he opened his school in 1951 but this date done in 1955 shows us a happy and swinging Lennie, who so many thought of as cerebral and cold. He grooves with his quartet featuring his star "pupil" the great alto saxophonist Lee Konitz along with a strong rhythm section with bassist Gene Ramey and the driving, hard hitting drums of the great Arthur Taylor. Originals and standards are in the program recorded in June of 1955 in New York at a hip Chinese restaurant called the 'Sing Song Room'.