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The 80th Birthday Concert

Artist: George Russell
George Russell - The 80th Birthday Concert CD
Label: Independent
Regular Price: $18.95
On Sale For: $9.48 
Year: 2005
Format: CD


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2-CD Set recorded in 2003.

"Russell is one of the great men of postwar modernism, a direct link to the time when everything--architecture, film, music, society-was being reinvented. His writing is so multifaceted and many layered that you want to hear it again. Every band should play a Russell composition, or at least aspire to his adventurous spirit. Four stars. "  John Walter, The Guardian, London, June 16, 2003.

In theory, Russell was the guy who moved jazz from bebop to postbop, although in practice Miles Davis and John Coltrane get the credit. His early records, from Jazz Workshop in 1956 until he moved to Europe in 1963, still bear fruit, with especially profound influence in Scandinavia. Returning to the U.S. in 1969, he settled into academia, working on his Lydian Chromatic Concept and writing sweeping orchestral works like "Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature" and "The African Game" the two centerpieces reprised for this big-band birthday bash. You'd think he'd have slowed down enough at 80 that we might catch up, but even when he's just having fun, like here, he's still several steps ahead of the game. A MINUS. - Village Voice
George Russell (leader); Stuart Brooks, Stanton Davis, Palle Mikkelborg (trumpets); Dave Bargeron, Richard Henry (trombones); Andy Sheppard, Chris Biscoe, Pete Hurt, Hiro Honshuku (reeds); Brad Hatfield, Steve Lodder (keyboards); Bill Urmson (bass); Mike Walker (guitar); Richie Morales (drums); Pat Hollenbeck (percussion)
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