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by Robert R. Calder
George Russell And The Living Time Orchestra 80th Birthday Concert Concept Publishing 2005
Now and then in recent years, George Russell (born 1923) has attacked what he considers backward-looking tendencies in the playing of younger jazzmen. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra was among those who fell under grave suspicion. Yet there's not much difference between the music on 80th Birthday Concert and Wynton Marsalis' arrangement of A Love Supreme" for LCJO.
Russell, though always ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
George Russell celebrated his 80th birthday in 2003, touring Europe with the Living Time Orchestra, and being well and truly appreciated, as indeed he should. Apart from his Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, Russell has made several important recordings that are part of jazz history. In doing so he has translated theory into the vivid three-dimensional imagery that has been captured in his music.
The music still captures the imagination. It runs the gamut of several idioms, ...read more