Wednesday, April 6, 2016

George Russell Sextet & Septet - Stratusphunk & The Stratus Seekers

From 1960-1962, arranger/composer George Russell recorded six albums with his working combo that found him contributing "arranger's piano." The two Decca dates are very scarce, but the four Riversides have fortunately been reissued on CD under the Original Jazz Classics imprint. For this particular date, Russell is joined by five students at the Lenox School of Jazz : trumpeter Al Kiger, trombonist Dave Baker (who in the future would become an important jazz educator), tenor saxophonist Dave Young, bassist Chuck Israels, and drummer Joe Hunt. Surprisingly, only three of the six selections are Russell originals ("Bent Eagle" was an early effort by Carla Bley), but the leader's influence can be felt in all of the adventurous and slightly unusual yet swinging music.
Scott Yanow

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George Russell
The Stratus Seekers


1 Stratusphunk (Russell)  6:08
2 New Donna (Russell)  8:25
3 Bent Eagle (Bley, Russell)  6:16
4 Kentucky Oysters (Baker, Baker, Russell)  8:25
5 Lambskins (Russell)  7:13
6 Things New (Russell)  6:55
7 Pan-Daddy (Russell)  4:57)  6:52
9 Kige's Tune (Kieger, Kiger, Russell)  5:46
10 Blues in Orbit (Russell)  7:24
11 A Lonely Place (Russell)  7:18
12 Stereophrenic (Baker, Baker, Russell)  5:11 


George Russell - p
David Baker - tb
Dave Young - ts
Chuck Israels - b
Joe Hunt - dr
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios ; New York October 16, 1960
George Russell - p
Don Ellis - tp
David Baker - tb
John Pierce - as
Paul Plummer - ts
Steve Swallow - b
Joe Hunt - dr
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios ; New York January 31, 1962
In 1962, the George Russell Septet included both obscure names in alto saxophonist John Pierce, tenor saxophonist Paul Plummer, drummer Joe Hunt, (who would later work with Bill Evans) and future stars - trumpeter Don Ellis, trombonist Dave Baker who would become a significant jazz educator, and bassist Steve Swallow. The selections are highlighted by "Blues In Orbit" (later recorded by Gil Evans) and the title cut. Two other numbers were written by the sidemen. It is particularly interesting to hear the young Ellis in this setting. The music has its own logic, is somewhat difficult to classify, yet deserves further attention by jazz historians and analysts.
Scott Yanow

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John Pickworth said...

Many Thanks !

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xaver said...

Excellent post, this and all the others! Thanks, saludos de Argentina

michaelios said...

Archive password?

Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you Mel!
Marvellous GR's music

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Historicus said...

Great gift, thank you!

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks for "The Stratus Seekers" Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

bventure said...

I love George Russell, and only had these 2 as mp3, so many thanks for the upgrades

Kovina Kris said...

Here's another artist that I had nothing of but now have several because of your excellent blog. Thank you Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Got a chance to listen to this and it's really great stuff. Ahead of its time for sure. Outside enough to be really interesting, but grounded enough to be annoying in the slightest. Very nice.

Kovina Kris said...

to NOT be annoying...

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!