Wednesday, February 1, 2017

George Russell - 1982 - New York Big Band

George Russell 
1982
New York Big Band




01. Living Time, Event V (George Russell) 10:50
02. Big City Blues (George Russell) 9:26
03. Listen to the Silence, Part I (George Russell) 4:36
04. Cubano Be, Cubano Bop (George Russell / Dizzy Gillespie) 10:30
05. Mystic Voices (Stanton Davis) 6:02
06. God Bless the Child (Billie Holiday / Al Herzog) 5:29
07. Listen to the Silence, Part II (George Russell) 3:59

Recorded August 16, 1978, New York except « Cubano Be, Cubano Bop » recorded live in Estrad, Sodertalje, Sweden, March 10, 1977.

New York Big Band Personnel:

Goetz Tangerding – Acoustic Piano
Stanley Cowell – Piano on « Living Time, Event V »
Ricky Martinez – Electric Piano, Organ
Warren Smith – Drums
Cameron Brown – Bass
Mark Slifstein – Guitar
Babafumi Akunyon – Congas
Stanton Davis – Trumpet
Lew Soloff – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Terumasa Hino – Trumpet
Ricky Ford – Tenor Sax
Roger Rosenberg – Tenor Sax
Marty Ehrlich – Alto Sax
Carl Atkins – Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet
John Clark – French Horn
Gary Valente – Trombone
Dave Taylor – Bass Trombone
Lee Genesis – Vocalist

Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra Personnel:

Vlodek Gulgowski – Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano
Lars Beijbon – Drums
Sabu Martinez – Congas, Vocalist
Lars-Urban Helje – Bass
Rune Gustafsson – Guitar
Americo Bellotto – Trumpet
Bertil Lövgren – Trumpet
Håken Nyquist – Trumpet
Jan Allan – Trumpet
Arne Domnerus – Alto Sax
Ian Uling – Alto Sax
Lennart Åberg – Tenor Sax
Erik Nilsson – Baritone Sax
Bernt Rosengren – Tenor Sax
Lars Olofsson – Trombone
Sven Larsson – Bass Trombone
Bengt Edvarsson – Trombone
Jörgen Johansson – Trombone

1. Living Time, Event V
Stanley Cowell – Piano
Cameron Brown – Bass solo
John Clark – French Horn solo
Gary Valente – Trombone solo
Roger Rosenberg – Tenor solo
2. Big City Blues
Lee Genesis – Vocalist
Ricky Ford – Tenor solo
Terumasa Hino – Trumpet solo
3. Listen to the Silence, Part I
Stanton Davis – Trumpet solo
4. Cubano Be, Cubano Bop
Performers – The Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra
Sabu Martinez – Congas and Vocals
Bertil Lövgren, Americo Bellotto – Trumpet solos
5. Mystic Voices
Stanton Davis – Trumpet solo
6. God Bless the Child
Lee Genesis – Vocalist
Roger Rosenberg – Tenor solo
7. Listen to the Silence, Part II
Stanton Davis – Trumpet solo



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

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