The 80th Birthday Concert

The 80th Birthday Concert

by George Russell


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The 80th Birthday Concert

George Russell has been a highly original arranger-composer in creative music for nearly 60 years, writing and performing music that is in its own world, with its own rules, logic, and genius. Although he has made some great recordings along the way, there have also been stretches when he was not that prolifically documented. The 80th Birthday Concert, a two-CD set, stands as one of his finest recordings and sums up much of his career. Conducting his 15-piece Living Time Orchestra, Russell performs new and innovative versions of "Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature" and the multi-part "African Game," which is over 40 minutes long and ends quite wildly. In addition the orchestra performs the briefer "Listen to the Silence," "It's About Time," and a reworking of the Miles Davis trumpet solo from "So What." While many soloists are heard from (most notably trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, tenor saxophonist Andy Sheppard, and trombonist Dave Bargeron), it is the sound of the passionate ensembles, the very original writing, and the spirit of the musicians and the ageless Russell that makes this a highly recommended set.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2005
Label: Concept Publishing
UPC: 0616892635727
catalogNumber: 2005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Russell   Primary Artist
Palle Mikkelborg   Trumpet,Soloist
Dave Bargeron   Trombone
Chris Biscoe   Alto Saxophone
Stuart Brooks   Trumpet
Stanton Davis   Trumpet,Soloist
Pat Hollenbeck   Percussion
Pete Hurt   Bass Clarinet,Soloist,Baritone Clarinet
Steve Lodder   Keyboards
Richie Morales   Cymbals,Drums
Andy Sheppard   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Bill Urmson   Electric Bass
Richard Henry   Bass Trombone
Mike Walker   Guitar
Hiro Honshuku   Flute,electronics,Soloist

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Marty Khan   Liner Notes
Tim Ingles   Arranger
Andy Cotton   Engineer
Hiro Honshuku   Cover Design
Alice Norbury Russell   Audio Production

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