Wednesday, February 1, 2017

George Russell - 1965 - At Beethoven Hall

George Russell
At Beethoven Hall

101. Freein' Up 12:44
102. Lydia And Her Friends 6:53
103. Lydia In Bags Groove 5:22
104. Lydia's Confirmation 7:03
105. Lydia Round Midnight 3:43
106. Takin' Lydia Home 2:05

201. You Are My Sunshine 10:40
202. Oh Jazz, Po Jazz 5:38
203. Oh Jazz, Po Jazz (Continued) 5:51
204. Volupte 12:09

Bass – Cameron Brown
Drums – Al Heath
Piano – George Russell
Tenor Saxophone – Ray Pitts
Trombone – Brian Trentham
Trumpet – Bertil Löfgren, Don Cherry

Recorded August 31st, 1965 at Beethoven Hall Stuttgart.

A great composer, and perhaps the godfather of the jazz avant garde this cd comprised of two lps released indepent of each other in th 60'S is a delight and a must for any serous minded jazz collector. The music is mosly high energy improvising within standard song struture and it features Don Cherry. A major part of the CD focus's on Russells "Lydian Chromatic Concept Of Tonal Organization" with Russell versions of Monks "Round Midnight" and Parkers "Confirmation". Two of the ten tracks "Oh Jazz,po jazz" and "Volupte" exist altoghether outside of song structure and are fine examples of tonal jazz. Overall a fine recording and one that desreves a closer look.

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