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    At the Five Spot

    • Year Released: 1960
    George Russell Sextet at the Five Spot is an album by George Russell originally released on Decca in 1960. The album contains performances by Russell with Al Kiger, David Baker, Dave Young, Chuck Israels and Joe Hunt. The Allmusic review by Ken Dryden states that "Although Russell plays more of a composer/arranger style of piano, his very challenging arrangements are very attractive. Anyone who enjoys his releases for RCA, Riverside, and Decca from around this period in his career should definitely acquire this sure-to-be-collectable CD".
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    Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature

    Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature is a work by jazz arranger George Russell originally written in 1968 and first recorded in concert in Norway on April 28, 1969 and released on the Flying Dutchman label. The 1969 recording featured Russell with Jan Garbarek, Manfred Schoof, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen, and Red Mitchell and was subsequently rereleased on Strata-East Records on LP in 1974. Russell revisited the piece in 1980 with Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Victor Comer, Keith Copeland, Robert Moore and Lew Soloff. It was released on the Italian Soul Note label as an LP in 1980 and CD in 1985. 1968 Version 1980 Version Recorded live at the Sonja Henie/Neils Onstad Center Oslo April 1969 Recorded June 9 & 10, 1980 at Barigozzi Studio, Milan
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    Ezz-thetics

    Ezz-thetics

    • Year Released: 1961
    Ezz-thetics is an album by a sextet led by the jazz composer and music theorist George Russell. It features a re-reading of Russell's title composition and a radical reworking of Thelonious Monk's standard "Round Midnight" with an extended solo by Eric Dolphy. The title song, "Ezzthetic", was dedicated to, in Mr. Russell's own words, "the late, great heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Ezzard Charles". The recording features trombonist Dave Baker whose trombone career was cut short causing him to take up the cello. He went on to become a major composer of jazz and modern classical music. Don Ellis went on to lead his own successful big band. George Russell was awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Award in 1989 and is captured here in a rare piano appearance. Eric Dolphy was a major artist in the "New Thing" branch of jazz but also appeared with Charles Mingus in one of his greatest small groups. Dolphy died a few years later due to complications of diabetes in Europe while on tour and was quickly elected to the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. Steve Swallow went on to become a major practitioner of the electric bass and is close associated with the music of Carla Bley. Joe Hunt is a
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    George Russell Sextet at Beethoven Hall

    • Year Released: 1965
    George Russell Sextet at Beethoven Hall (also released as At Beethoven Hall - Complete Recordings) is a 1965 live album by George Russell originally released in two volumes on the MPS label and featuring a performance by Russell with Don Cherry, Bertil Lövgren, Brian Trentham, Ray Pitts, Cameron Brown, and Albert Heath. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "This intriguing double LP was innovative composer George Russell's first recording after breaking up his young combo of the early '60s... Most unusual is a suite dedicated to Russell's Lydian concept that includes abstract versions of "Bags' Groove," "Confirmation" and "'Round Midnight".
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    George Russell Sextet in K.C.

    • Year Released: 1961
    George Russell Sextet in K.C. (subtitled Original Swinging Instrumentals and sometimes referred to by that name) is an album by George Russell recorded (despite the title) in a New York studio and originally released on Decca in 1961. The album contains performances by Russell with Don Ellis, David Baker, Dave Young, Chuck Israels and Joe Hunt. The Allmusic review by Ken Dryden states that "George Russell was at a creative peak in the early '60s as he recorded one memorable small-group session after another".
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    Jazz in the Space Age

    • Year Released: 1960
    Jazz in the Space Age is an album by George Russell originally released on Decca in 1960. The album contains tracks conducted and arranged by Russell performed by Ernie Royal, Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Rehak, Al Kiger, Marky Markowitz, David Baker, Jimmy Buffington, Hal McKusick, Dave Young, Sol Schlinger, Bill Evans, Paul Bley, Barry Galbraith, Howard Collins, Milt Hinton, Don Lamond and Charlie Persip. The Allmusic review by Ken Dryden states that "The three-part suite "Chromatic Universe" is an ambitious work which mixes free improvisation with written passages that have not only stood the test of time but still sound very fresh. "The Lydiot" focuses on the soloists, while incorporating elements from "Chromatic Universe" and other Russell compositions... the slow, somewhat mysterious "Waltz From Outer Space", which incorporates an Oriental-sounding theme, and "Dimensions", described by its composer as "a sequence of freely associated moods indigenous to jazz... represents some of George Russell's greatest achievements".
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    Listen to the Silence

    • Year Released: 1983
    Listen to the Silence is a live album by George Russell originally recorded in 1971 and released on the Italian Soul Note label in 1983, featuring a performance by Russell with Stanton Davis, Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen, and Jon Christensen with vocal chorus. The Allmusic review awarded the album 3 stars.
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    Live in an American Time Spiral

    • Year Released: 1983
    Live in an American Time Spiral is a live album by George Russell released on the Italian Soul Note label in 1983, featuring performances by Russell with his New York Band recorded in 1982. The Allmusic review awarded the album 3 stars.
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    Living Time

    • Year Released: 1972
    Living Time is an album by the Bill Evans George Russell Orchestra recorded in 1972 and released on the Columbia label, featuring performances by Evans with an orchestra conducted by Russell. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 2 stars and stated "The music on this set unfortunately is not all that interesting. Russell's lengthy and episodic work "Living Time" (which has eight "events") features crowded ensembles as played by Evans' trio plus 19 musicians (including two additional keyboardists). Despite the major names in the "backup group" the focus throughout is on Evans' acoustic and electric keyboards. The problem is that the music is rather dull and surprisingly forgettable."
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    New York Big Band

    • Year Released: 1982
    New York Big Band is a live album by George Russell released on the Italian Soul Note label in 1982, featuring performances by Russell with his New York Big Band recorded in 1978 and one track with The Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra recorded in 1977 at the same concert that produced Vertical Form VI. The Allmusic review awarded the album 4½ stars.
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    New York, N.Y.

    • Year Released: 1959
    New York, N.Y. is an album by George Russell originally released on Decca in 1959. The album contains tracks conducted and arranged by Russell performed by Art Farmer, Doc Severinson, Ernie Royal, Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Rehak, Tom Mitchell, Hal McKusick, John Coltrane, Sol Schlinger, Bill Evans, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Charlie Persip and narrated by Jon Hendricks. The Allmusic review by Ken Dryden states that "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... 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".
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    So What

    • Year Released: 1987
    So What is a live album by George Russell released on the Blue Note label in 1987, featuring performances by Russell with his Living Time Orchestra recorded in 1983 in Boston. The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 3 stars and states "These tracks were recorded at the same Boston church concert that yielded The African Game, and Russell's Living Time Orchestra responds with the same kick and enthusiasm, although the musicians' individual solo turns aren't terribly startling... further evidence of Russell's (mixed?) desire to come to terms with the idioms of his time".
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    Stratusphunk

    • Year Released: 1960
    Stratusphunk is an album by George Russell originally released on Riverside in 1960. The album contains performances by Russell with Al Kiger, David Baker, Dave Young, Chuck Israels and Joe Hunt. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states that "Surprisingly, only three of the six selections are Russell originals ("Bent Eagle" was an early effort by Carla Bley), but the leader's influence can be felt in all of the adventurous and slightly unusual yet swinging music".
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    The 80th Birthday Concert

    • Year Released: 2005
    The 80th Birthday Concert is a live album by George Russell released on the Concept label in 2005, featuring a performance by Russell with his Living Time Orchestra recorded in 2003. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3½ stars and states "The 80th Birthday Concert, a two-CD set, stands as one of his finest recordings and sums up much of his career... it is the sound of the passionate ensembles, the very original writing, and the spirit of the musicians and the ageless Russell that makes this a highly recommended set".
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    The African Game

    • Year Released: 1984
    The African Game is a live album by George Russell released on the Blue Note label in 1984, featuring performances by Russell with his Living Time Orchestra recorded in 1983 in Boston. The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 3 stars and states "The African Game is a major statement, a highly eclectic, nine-part, 45-minute suite for augmented big band that attempts to depict no less than the evolution of the species from the beginning of time to the present from an African perspective. Well, yes, this theme has been taken on by many an ambitious artist in every field, but Russell's work is remarkably successful because it tries to embrace a massive world of sound in open, colorful, young-thinking terms, with degrees of timbral unity and emotion to keep the idioms from flying out of control".
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    The Essence of George Russell

    • Year Released: 1971
    The Essence of George Russell is an album by George Russell originally released on the Norwegian Sonet label in 1971, and subsequently remastered and released on the Italian Black Saint label in 1983, featuring performances by Russell with Stanton Davis, Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen and orchestra. The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick states "The Essence Of... contained George Russell's first large-scale work to incorporate electronic elements from contemporary classical music as well as an emerging influence of modern rock. "Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature" is a massive work... the composition progresses from theme to theme, many of them propulsive and groove-oriented, serving as platforms for improvisations from the featured players... "Now and Then," recorded a couple of years prior to the other pieces, is more along the lines of Russell's previous work, especially as heard on his At Beethoven Hall recording: good, rambunctious big band jazz. On the whole, highly recommended".
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    The Jazz Workshop

    • Year Released: 1957
    The Jazz Workshop is the debut album by jazz composer George Russell, featuring his "Smalltet" which included Art Farmer, Hal McKusick, Barry Galbraith, and Bill Evans. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awards the album 4½ stars and asserts: "Listening to the music, it is hard to believe that Russell only utilized a sextet... The ensembles are frequently dense, the harmonies quite original and there are often several events occurring at the same time; one would swear there were at least four or five horns being heard in spots... Russell was able to utilize some of the more versatile and technically skilled players of the era, several of whom worked regularly in the studios. Recommended". All compositions by George Russell
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    The London Concert

    • Year Released: 1990
    The London Concert is a live album by George Russell released on the French Label Bleu label in 1990, featuring performances by Russell with his Living Time Orchestra recorded at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in 1989. The Allmusic review by awarded the album 3 stars.
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    The Outer View

    • Year Released: 1962
    The Outer View is an album by George Russell originally released on Riverside in 1962. The album contains performances by Russell with Garnett Brown, Paul Plummer, Don Ellis, Steve Swallow and Joe Hunt and features the recording debut of vocalist Sheila Jordan on one track. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states that "Composer George Russell's early-'60s Riverside recordings are among his most accessible. For this set Russell and his very impressive sextet are challenged by the complex material".
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    The Stratus Seekers

    • Year Released: 1962
    The Stratus Seekers is an album by George Russell originally released on Riverside in 1962. The album contains performances by Russell with John Pierce, David Baker, Paul Plummer, Don Ellis, Steve Swallow and Joe Hunt. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states that "The music has its own logic, is somewhat difficult to classify, yet deserves further attention by jazz historians and analysts".
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    Trip to Prillarguri

    • Year Released: 1982
    Trip to Prillarguri is a live album by George Russell originally recorded in 1970 and subsequently released on the Italian Soul Note label in 1982, featuring a performance by Russell with Stanton Davis, Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen, and Jon Christensen. The Allmusic review awarded the album 3 stars.
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    Vertical Form VI

    • Year Released: 1981
    Vertical Form VI is a live album by George Russell originally recorded in 1977 and released on the Italian Soul Note label in 1981, featuring a performance by Russell with The Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra. The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album 4 stars and states "This is a magnificent and critically acclaimed large band recording with the Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra playing compositions and arrangements by George Russell, who also conducted. His music, with its intricate, unpredictable, and keenly structured pace, textures, and layers, are expertly played".
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