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All Music Guide - John Dougan
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Dougan
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 731451126123
  • Catalog Number: 511261
  • Sales rank: 224,870

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monica's Having a Baby - NRG Ensemble (5:58)
  2. 2 Aila/35 Basic - NRG Ensemble (7:17)
  3. 3 Temporarily - NRG Ensemble (9:38)
  4. 4 Raining Violets - NRG Ensemble (5:03)
  5. 5 For Mc - NRG Ensemble (3:27)
  6. 6 Dance of the Spider People - NRG Ensemble (4:22)
  7. 7 Ten Letters of Love - NRG Ensemble (4:51)
  8. 8 Hal the Weenie - NRG Ensemble (7:33)
  9. 9 Linda's Rock Vamp - NRG Ensemble (4:04)
  10. 10 Mars Theme - NRG Ensemble (9:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hal Russell Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, 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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