The Jazz Show Episode March 18, 2013

Broadcast on 18-Mar-2013

9:00pm - 11:59pm

Composer,theorist, pianist, arranger George Russell occupies an important place in Jazz history. He wrote the influential theory book called "The Lydian Concept of Tonal Organization" and many influential musicians studied the ideas in that book. George Russell had a working band from the years 1960-64 and all of the players that passed through his band learned his theories. This rare date was only issued on LP and had no domestic issue on CD (it was issued in Europe). It's called "The George Russell Sextet in Kansas City" which is a bit of a misnomer as it was actually recorded in New York on February 23,1961 after a two week gig in Kansas City. There are no Russell compositions on this date but his sound is all over this set. The personnel is George Russell on piano, Don Ellis on trumpet, Dave Young on tenor saxophone, Dave Baker on trombone, Chuck Israels on bass, and Joe Hunt on drums. Baker has one tune and a young Carla Bley has two (she was a student of Russell's), Clifford Brown's blues called "Sandu" is here as is Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson's "Tune Up" and finally a collective improvisation called "Theme" leads to a fade out ending. The band sounds as modern as tomorrow and reflects the concepts of the one and only George Russell. I'm sure Kansas City was never the same after Russell's visit!

Track Listing:

So What
Miles Davis · Miles at Monterey 1963
Stella By Starlight
The Theme
5/4 Thing
Elvin Jones · Coalition
Low Joe
George Coleman · At Montreux 1980
Bird of Pardise
Charlie Parker · Ballads
Embraceable You
My Old Flame
Out of Nowhere
Don't Blame Me
Jazz Feature:
War Gewessen
George Russell · The George Russell
Sextet in Kansas City
Tune Up
Theme and set closer
The Cat.
Jimmy Smith · The Cat