The Complete Bluebird Recordings
Art Farmer, Hal McKusick, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Paul Motian, Bill Evans, George Russell
This CD presents two original RCA/Bluebird albums from 1956: "George Russell Smalltet!" (1956) paired with "Hal McKusicks Jazz Workshop" plus 4 Bonus Tracks.
One of the most important and influential composers, arrangers, theorists and conductors in contemporary jazz, this release includes the three different 1956 sessions that mark George Russells complete recording legacy with Bluebird as a leader.
In addition to these dates, this CD also includes the two different sessions set under the leadership of alto saxophonist and flautist Hal McKusick with compositions and arrangements by George Russell as bonus tracks. All recorded in New York City.
01. Ye Hypocrite, Ye Bellzebub
02. Jacks Blues
03. Livingstone I presume
05. Concerto For Billy The Kid
06. Night Sound
07. Round Johnny Rondo
08. Witch Hunt
09. Concerto For Billy The Kid
10. Ballad of Hix Blewitt
11. Fellow Delegates
12. The Sad Sergeant
13. Knights of The Steamtable
14. Ballad of Hix Blewitt [Alternate Take]
15. The Day John Brown Was Hanged
16. Lydian Lullaby
17. Miss Clara
18. The Day John Brown Was Hanged [Alternate Take]
Total time: 79:58 min.
Personnel includes: George Russell (p, arr), Art Farmer (tp), Hal McKusick (as, fl, cl), Bill evans (p), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b) and Paul Motian (d).
"I dig Mr. Russell as a jazz composer who found a new path without going off the main jazz route. Such men must be guarded with care and watched with great expectations."
Leonard Feather -Down Beat (1957)
"This is a fabulous issue, important for documenting the early meeting of Bill Evans and Paul Motian, and for showing what a rhythmically forceful player Evans could be."
MIchael Tucker -Jazz Journal