Jazz in the Space Age
| George Russell Orch with Bill Evans | www.highdeftapetransfers.
It’s good to have this 1960 album in excellent sonics for the first time. It was transferred by HDTT from 15-ips two-track and is available as a digital download in several hi-res formats. George Russell (1923–2009) emerged on the avant-garde jazz scene in 1946, when he wrote for Gillespie’s Afro-Cuban jazz orchestra, but as a composer he stamped his name on jazz history through mapping a new approach based on concepts espoused in his book ‘The Lydian Concept of Tonal Organisation.’ His writing was harmonically adventurous without resorting to complete atonality and reconciled surprise with structure, the overall effect being that of a continuity of thought few composers or players in jazz have been able to achieve. And although Russell’s music is within the logical jazz growth, his forms were totally new rather than simply reconstructions of older forms.