“The hippest thing you can do is not play at all. Just listen!” Lennie Tristano

“The hippest thing you can do is not play at all. Just listen!”  Lennie Tristano…6a00e008dca1f0883401b7c78a290c970b-500wi

Sage advice to all improvisors, myself included.

This reinforces the view that the practice of improvising is so close to that of mindfulness/presence and attention. Regardless of our private and personal views regarding religion and faith traditions, our musical practice offers a means to balance our mind, creating mental wellbeing as well as enabling us to access an open attention close to a flow state. Find out more about Lennie Tristano at www.lennietristano.com and here at https://simonpurcell.com/practicing.

Published by Simon Purcell

Jazz pianist and educator, International Professor of Improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, formerly Head of Jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

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