Wednesday, February 1, 2017

George Russell - 1962 - The Stratus Seekers

George Russell 
The Stratus Seekers

01. Pan-Daddy 5:47
02. The Stratus Seekers 6:52
03. Kige's Tune 5:00
04. Blues In Orbit 7:24
05. A Lonely Place 7:18
06. Stereophrenic 5:11

Alto Saxophone – John Pierce
Bass – Stephen Swallow
Drums – Joe Hunt
Piano – George Russell
Tenor Saxophone – Paul Plummer
Trombone – Dave Baker
Trumpet – Don Ellis

Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York; January 31, 1962.

In 1962, the George Russell Septet included both obscure names in alto saxophonist John Pierce, tenor saxophonist Paul Plummer, drummer Joe Hunt, (who would later work with Bill Evans) and future stars - trumpeter Don Ellis, trombonist Dave Baker who would become a significant jazz educator, and bassist Steve Swallow. The six selections, plus a "new" alternate heard on the CD reissue, are highlighted by "Blues In Orbit" (later recorded by Gil Evans) and the title cut. Two other numbers were written by the sidemen. It is particularly interesting to hear the young Ellis in this setting. The music has its own logic, is somewhat difficult to classify, yet deserves further attention by jazz historians and analysts.

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