Hal Russell Story

Hal Russell Story

by Hal Russell
     
 

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Recorded two months after Hal's Bells, it was if Russell knew something and tried to get as much recording as possible done before he died. Sadly, he died a mere five weeks after recording this amazing record. Constructed as an aural autobiography, The Hal Russell Story combines a stream-of-consciousness narrativeSee more details below

Overview

Recorded two months after Hal's Bells, it was if Russell knew something and tried to get as much recording as possible done before he died. Sadly, he died a mere five weeks after recording this amazing record. Constructed as an aural autobiography, The Hal Russell Story combines a stream-of-consciousness narrative with some rock-solid jazzified blowing and dissonant free playing. The main body of the piece is made up of numerous short segments, some under a minute, but the ebb and flow of the songs is so smooth and effortless, you'll never realize that you're listening to so many short tracks. As usual, Russell's band the NRG ensemble kicks ass and takes names, blowing with so much intensity and power it's astonishing. Adding to this wonderful (if bittersweet) recording is the inclusion of a rollicking version of the Fleetwood Mac chestnut "Oh Well," which Russell claims he'd never heard before (and I believe him). It would be great if Hal Russell were still around serving up his wonderfully skewed jazz-rock, but this is as wonderful and fitting an epitaph as one could hope for.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2001
Label:
Ecm Import
UPC:
0731451736421
catalogNumber:
517364
Rank:
152037

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Tracks

  1. Intro And Fanfare/Toy Parade/Trumpet March/Riverside Jump  - Steve Hunt
  2. Krupa  - Steve Hunt
  3. You're Blasé  - Steve Hunt
  4. Dark Rapture  - Steve Hunt
  5. World Class  - Steve Hunt
  6. Wood Chips  - Steve Hunt
  7. My Little Grass Shack  - Steve Hunt
  8. O & B  - Steve Hunt
  9. For M  - Steve Hunt
  10. Gloomy Sunday  - Steve Hunt
  11. Hair Male  - Steve Hunt
  12. Bossa G  - Steve Hunt
  13. Mildred  - Steve Hunt
  14. Dope Music  - Steve Hunt
  15. The 2 X 2  - Steve Hunt
  16. The Ayler Songs  - Steve Hunt
  17. Rehcabnettul  - Steve Hunt
  18. Steve's Freedom Principle  - Steve Hunt
  19. Lady In The Lake  - Steve Hunt
  20. Oh Well  - Steve Hunt

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hal Russell   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor,Percussion,Trumpet,Drums,Gong,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Xylophone,Multi Instruments,Narrator
Steve Hunt   Percussion,Drums,Multi Instruments,Timpani,Vibes
Mars Williams   Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wood Flute,Multi Instruments,Narrator,Didjeridu,Bells,Sounds,Toy Trumpet
Brian Sandstrom   Percussion,Trumpet,Electric Guitar,Multi Instruments,Acoustic Bass,Toy Trumpet
Kent Kessler   Trombone,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer,Lyricist
Edgar Sampson   Composer,Lyricist
Hal Russell   Contributor
Peter Green   Composer
Steve Hunt   Contributor
Manny Kurtz   Composer,Lyricist
Martin Wieland   Engineer
Mars Williams   Contributor
Steve Lake   Producer,Liner Notes
Dieter Rehm   Cover Design
Brian Sandstrom   Contributor
Kent Kessler   Contributor
Rezsö Seress   Composer
Bruce Sievier   Lyricist
Bill Cogswell   Composer,Lyricist
Johnny Noble   Composer,Lyricist
Tommy Harrison   Composer,Lyricist
Laszlo Javor   Lyricist

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