so was this based on Tristano it is said he had some sort of psychological hold over the students or is there any truth to that or he had some 'effect' etc because Konitz broke away from that but Warne maybe not as much?
I returned to college after living in Germany for awhile. I had been playing trio and quartet "piano-less" groups.
So when I was required to be in a small group in pursuit of my degrees I organized a quartet of me (trombone), soprano sax, bass and drums. I got immediate pushback at the organizational powwow from the prof in charge who told me that there were a lot of pianists needing to play.
I defended the instrumentation of my group by pointing out historical precedence. Gerry Mulligan's small groups as well as the fantastic but underrecorded Lacy/Rudd quartet (School Days being their only documented recording....until decades later anyway)
Kudos to the prof who accepted my argument, and my group was "accepted"