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George Russell

New York Big Band

Soul Note 121039-2

Item: full_album_8024709064523_CD

Artists :
Americo Bellotto ( Trumpet )
Arne Domnerus ( Alto Sax, Clarinet )
Babafumi Akunyon ( Conga )
Bengt Edvarsson ( Trombone )
Bernt Rosengren ( Tenor Sax )
Bertil Lovgren ( Trumpet )
Carl Atkins ( Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet )
David Taylor ( Bass Trombone, Tuba )
Erik Nilsson ( Baritone Sax )
Gary Valente ( Trombone )
George Russell ( Piano, Organ, Conductor )
Goetz Tangerding ( Acoustic Piano )
Haken Nyquist ( Trumpet )
Ian Uling ( Alto Sax )
Jan Allan ( Trumpet )
Jorgen Johansson ( Trombone )
Lars Olofsson ( Trombone )
Lars-Urban Helje ( Bass )
Lee Genesis ( Vocal )
Lennart Aberg ( Tenor & Soprano Sax, Flute )
Lew Soloff ( Trumpet, Flugelhorn )
Marty Ehrlich ( Alto Sax, Flute )
Ricky Ford ( Tenor Sax )
Ricky Martinez ( Electric Piano, Organ )
Roger Rosenberg ( Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet )
Rune Gustafsson ( Electric Guitar )
Sabu Martinez ( Conga )
Stanley Cowell ( Piano )
Stanton Davis ( Trumpet, Flugelhorn )
Sven Larsson ( Bass Trombone )
Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra ( Orchestra )
Terumasa Hino ( Trumpet, Cornet, Percussion )
Vlodek Gulgowski ( Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano )
Warren Smith ( Vibraphone, Multiple Percussion, Drums )
Cameron Brown ( Bass )
John Clark ( French Horn )
Mark Slifstein ( Guitar )
Lars Beijbon ( Drums )
Release date
Dec 31, 1982

George Allen Russell (1923 - ), American jazz pianist, composer and theorist, is considered one of the first jazz musicians to contribute to general music theory with a theory of harmony based on Jazz rather than European music, in his 1953 book, The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization which paved the way for the modal revolutions of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Russell's stylistic reach in his own compositions eventually became omnivorous, embracing bop, gospel, blues, rock, funk, contemporary classical elements, electronic music and African rhythms in his recent, ambitious extended works -- most apparent in his large-scale 1983 suite for an enlarged big band, The African Game. Like his colleague Gil Evans, Russell never stopped growing, but his work is not nearly as well-known that that of Evans, being more difficult to grasp and, in any case, not as well-documented by U.S. record labels. We try to remedy this here with this magnificent 1978 session when Russell led a 19-piece big band at New York's Village Vanguard for six weeks, in a tremendously diverse performance displaying the many facets of his art -- including his first famous composition, the two-part "Cubano Be, Cubano Bop" written in 1947 for the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra that served as a solid vehicle of that band's pioneering experiments in fusing bebop and Cuban jazz elements, enjoy. All That Jazz