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New York New York [Original recording remastered]

Bill Evans, George Russell, Russell FerranteAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Manhattan10:35Album Only
listen  2. Big City Blues11:40Album Only
listen  3. Manhattan-Rico10:12Album Only
listen  4. East Side Medley: Autumn In New York / How About You 8:01Album Only
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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B00000C2CW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich, Satisfying -- and Fun February 11, 2001
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Alongside the seriousness and musical sophistication of all of George Russell's work, there's always a sense of excitement and discovery. Occasionally, there's some wry humor as well. "New York, N. Y." (recorded in late 1958 and early 1959 is one of his most approachable long-form suites, with the excitement and the humor at center stage.
Nothing in jazz quite duplicates Jon Hendricks' scat-poetry introductions to each piece. Once they were hip; now they are classic. Of the six compositions that make up the suite, three are standards -- Rodgers & Hart's "Manhattan," Vernon Duke's "Autumn in New York," and the Lane-Freed "How About You" (You know, "I like New York in June, how about you . . ."), which makes this Russell's last major outing as an "arranger" of other people's music.
Russell "re-composes" the standards, introducing the harmonic originality that gives his work its distinctive tone colors. The familiar themes are jumping-off points for some very rich big band writing and beautiful solo work. John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Art Farmer and Bob Brookmeyer are all memorable in solo roles here. Russell's own three compositions are in the same spirit (although much more complex and colorful), so the parts work together very well.
Here are some of New York's best players in their prime, challenged by a master composer to build on the familiar and stretch themselves in new directions. Everyone sounds like they're having a wonderful time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous, yet satisfying... February 10, 2002
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Its early 1959, and New York is at it's pinnacle as a jazz Mecca. Miles is recording "Kind of Blue", Trane is doing "Giant Steps", Bill Evans is the hot new piano player. The uncompromising George Russell (he of the musical treatise, "The Lydian Chromatic Concept") assembles top-notch musicians like John Coltrane, Max Roach, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Bob Brookmeyer, Milt Hinton, Bill Evans, Art Farmer -- all in the same band. And with that late-fifties cool narration of Jon Hendricks too!. Even with SOME familiar standards, plus his own compositions, Russell takes it "outside" sometimes, approaching the music adventurously and unpredicatably ,stretching harmonic structures and tempos, yet somehow it all fits together. Evans, Trane, Max and Phil Woods make near-perfect solo statements and the band swings. All in all, it's not your typical big band date from that era, but rather tightly-knit ensemble sessions of stellar players creating some music that if not ahead of its time, may at least be said to be underrated. (Though remastered, the left channel is a little harder to hear than the right, and you may have to adjust your system to hear ity all evenly.) Recommended -- for those with a sophisticated ear for jazz.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Five HUGE Stars!! Genius jazz composer, arranger, musician, and educator George Russell, a MacArthur Fellowship 'genius' award winner as well as a winner of 2 Guggenheim fellowships, is caught in 1958 with a daring, mesmerizing thematic salute to the 'Big Apple'. Using singing legend Jon Hendrick's riveting commentary throughout, Russell ramps up his awesome music with a stellar group that includes the likes of pianist supreme Bill Evans, trumpet king Art Farmer, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, bassist Milt Hinton, guitarist Barry Galbraith, saxist Hal McKusick, Sol Schlinger on baritone, Charlie Persip with some stunning drumming, drum progenitor Max Roach in an appearance and the legendary John Coltrane. And also in the group is Doc Severinsen and Ernie Royal pumping up the trumpet section. Mr Russell is the creator of the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization which has had a profound effect on jazz musicians and it is in evidence in this recording. Russell's compositional and arranging legend goes all the way back to the stunning "Cubano Be, Cubano Bop" for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, so this CD catches him already a decade into his masterful relentless jazz career.

Framed by the songs "Manhattan", with the sole appearance of John Coltrane who lays down a blazing solo, and "A Helluva Town" at the end, we find in between Russell's own "Big City Blues" and "Manhatta-Rico", as well as "East Side Medley" ("Autumn in New York" and "How About You"). Preceding each song, the captivating Jon Hendricks sets the stage with wonderfully-incisive words and singing. Bill Evans is a marvel on piano, Art Farmer soars on trumpet, and Charlie Persip lays down some impressive drumming in and out of 4/4 and driving latin beats.
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George Russell assembled some of the greatest Jazz musicians of all time for this recording. New York New York consists of some standards and originals but the Russell trademark of creative arranging is all over this. Soloists include John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Bob Brookmeyer, Max Roach, the underrated Charlie Persip, and Jon Hendricks. George Russell is not only a great composer but he can do amazing things with standards you thought you knew. This could well be one of the ten best jazz recordings of all time. I am sorry that only recently began to explore the work of Russell but I am glad that I finally did.
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