Tracks from three recently discovered 1960s concerts, by the celebrated arranger, pianist & experimental theorist, George Russell, released here for the very first time - and from the same period as his famous Ezz-Thetics album (1961) with Eric Dolphy.
The first, in Lennox Massachusetts, includes Al Kiger, Dave Baker, Chuck Israels & Dave Young; the 2nd, from the 1964 Newport Jazz Festival features Don Ellis, John Gilmore, Steve Swallow, Pete La Roca & Sheila Jordan.
The third, a single track, is from a 1964 European date, with Thad Jones, Joe Farrell, Al Heath & Garnett Brown.
Included are new versions of the Russell classics: Stratusphunk and The Outer View.
02. Things New
03. Dance Class
04. Potting Shed
06. The Outer View
09. You Are My Sunshine
10. Around Midnight.
Recorded in Europe, July 1964.
Personnel on tracks #1-5: George Russell (p, arr), Al Kiger (tp), Dave Baker (tb), Dave Young (ts), Chuck (b) and Joe Hunt (d). David Lahm replaces Russell on #4. Recorded at the Berkshire Music Barn, Lennox, MA, on September 1, 1960.
Personnel on tracks #6-9: George Russell (p, arr), Don Ellis (tp), Dave Baker (tb), John Gilmore (ts), Steve Swallow (b), Pete La Roca (d) and Sheila Jordan (vcl on #9). Recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, on July, 1964.
Personnel on tracks #10: George Russell (p, arr), Thad Jones (cnt), Garnett Brown (tb), Joe Farrell (saxes), unknown (b) and Al Heath (d). Recorded in Europe, July 1964.