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Finnish/Swiss Tour
     

The Finnish/Swiss Tour

by Hal Russell
 

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Most of the time, music critics like to pretend they know everything, are hip to every artist, on top of every trend -- what bull. I knew jack about Hal Russell until I heard Kevin Whitehead rave about this recording (and Russell in general) on NPR. Sufficiently impressed, I bought the disc the same day. It turned out to be one of the smartest things I've ever done

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Most of the time, music critics like to pretend they know everything, are hip to every artist, on top of every trend -- what bull. I knew jack about Hal Russell until I heard Kevin Whitehead rave about this recording (and Russell in general) on NPR. Sufficiently impressed, I bought the disc the same day. It turned out to be one of the smartest things I've ever done and began what has been a love for the music of Hal Russell and a sadness that he's no longer around to make more. Whitehead was spot-on: This is an extraordinary record, full of fire, reckless abandon, and thrilling playing from Russell, obviously, but also from his great band, especially reed player (and one-time Psychedelic Fur) Mars Williams. Amazingly, this was Russell's first European tour (a total of six gigs), a fact made even more amazing upon realizing that Russell at the time of this recording was 64. Better late than never, I guess. All in all, a must-purchase, if only for "Linda's Rock Vamp" (which sounds like mid-'70s Miles Davis), the ebullient "Hal the Weenie," and the blistering "Monica's Having a Baby." This is jazz-rock with a healthy dollop of brain-frying free blowing that will knock you on your ass leaving you saying, "Thank you Hal, may I have another."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
Label:
Ecm Import
UPC:
0731451126123
catalogNumber:
511261

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Performance Credits

Hal Russell   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Drums,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vibes,Track Performer
Steve Hunt   Drums,Didjeridu,Vibes
Mars Williams   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Didjeridu
NRG Ensemble   Group
Brian Sandstrom   Bass,Guitar,Trumpet
Kent Kessler   Bass,Bass Guitar,Didjeridu

Technical Credits

Jan Erik Kongshaug   Contributor,Engineering
Martin Pearson   Engineer,Contributor
Steve Lake   Producer,Liner Notes
Sascha Kleis   Cover Design
Antti Sjöholm   Engineer,Engineering

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