As it says in the liner notes to this recording, "He [Russell] looks like Charles Ives, sounds like Albert Ayler." A succinct and accurate summary of what you're in for on this, Russell's first solo record made at the age of 65. Although Russell died soon after recording this, there's no sense of desperation on this record; instead there is pure joy, the silly seriousness that Russell brought to all of his recordings. There's even a track (a good one no less) entitled "Kenny G," meant for the banal saxophonist of the same name. Granted, this is a little more abstract than other Russell recordings; in fact, it's very much a product of Ayler and Ornette-influenced free playing, but it has a firm rhythmic foot (Russell was primarily a drummer in the early part of his career) and, as out as it gets, never simply noodles off into the stratosphere.
Performance CreditsHal Russell Primary Artist,Percussion,Trumpet,Conga,Drums,Gong,Marimbas,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Voices,Musette,Bells,Vibes,Track Performer
Technical CreditsJan Erik Kongshaug Engineer
Graham Lock Liner Notes
Steve Lake Producer,Liner Notes
Dieter Rehm Cover Design
Diether Kunerth Artwork,Paintings