Tuesday, January 31, 2017

George Russell - 1959 - New York, NY

George Russell 
New York, NY

01. Manhattan   
02. Big City Blues   
03. Manhattan-Rico   
04. East Side Medley: A) Autumn In New York, B) How About You   
05. A Helluva Town

Bass – George Duvivier (tracks: B1, B3), Milt Hinton (tracks: A1, A2, B2)
Bongos – Al Epstein (tracks: B1)
Drums – Charlie Persip (tracks: A1, A2, B2), Don Lamond (tracks: B1), Max Roach (tracks: B3)
Guitar – Barry Galbraith
Narrator – Jon Hendricks
Piano – Bill Evans
Saxophone – Al Cohn (tracks: B1, B3), Benny Golson (tracks: A2, B2), Gene Allen (tracks: B1, B3), McKusic (tracks: A2,B1, B2, B3), John Coltrane (tracks: A1), Phil Woods (tracks: A2 to B3), Sol Schlinger (tracks: A1, A2, B2)
Trombone – Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Rehak (tracks: A1, A2, B2), Jim Cleveland (tracks: B1, B3), Tom Mitchell
Trumpet – Art Farmer, Doc Severinsen (tracks: A1), Ernie Royal (tracks: A1, B1, B3), Joe Ferrante (tracks: A2, B2), Joe Wilder (tracks: A2 to B3)

George Russell was one of the most forward-thinking composers and arrangers on the jazz scene during the 1950s, but his work was generally more appreciated by musicians than the jazz-buying public. New York, New York represents one of many high points in his career. He assembled an all-star orchestra, including pianist Bill Evans (a frequent participant on Russell's recordings), Art Farmer, Bob Brookmeyer, John Coltrane, and Milt Hinton, among others. In Rodgers & Hart's "Manhattan," Russell has the soloists playing over the orchestra's vamp, while he also creates an imaginative "East Side Medley" combining the standards "Autumn in New York" and "How About You." His original material is just as striking as his arrangements, while vocalist Jon Hendricks serves as narrator between orchestra segments. While this release has been reissued several times, it rarely remains in print for long, so don't miss the opportunity to acquire this elusive CD.