- 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 (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
New York New York Original recording remastered
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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.
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.Read more ›
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He is a top flight musician in every way, always in demand and providing quality listening enjoyment. I need to get more of George Russell's recordings.Published on February 17, 2014 by Mike K
George Russell was a jazz arranger who later got into free jazz and eletronics: check out ELECTRONIC SONATA FOR SOULS LOVED BY NATURE. Read morePublished on January 3, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
"New York, N.Y." is George Russell's bittersweet homage to the Big Apple. Russell's unique writing for jazz orchestra is enhanced by uniformly great solos from John Coltrane, Bob... Read morePublished on April 25, 2008 by Peter E. Grosett