RIP George Russell

From Jazzwise Magazine:

The composer George Russell, best known for his 1953 music theory The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization died yesterday aged 86. He had been unwell for some time and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. His ideas were at the time seen as some of the first major contributions by a jazz musician in the field of music theory.

In the 1960s he moved to Scandinavia and taught in Sweden and in Denmark and thanks to Swedish radio was able to record his compositions and undertake new commissions. He worked with Don Cherry and a young Jan Garbarek and then on his return to the States joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Later in the 1980s and 90s he formed and toured his Anglo-American group the Living Time Orchestra which featured Andy Sheppard among the soloists. His albums include the classic 1961 Riverside album Ezz-Thetics.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Rakalam Bob Moses – Father’s Day B’hash (Sunnyside Records, 2009) ****

Friday, June 19, 2009
Miroslav Vitous Group – Remembering Weather Report (ECM, 2009) ****½

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Back & Forth – Unavoidable Casualty (Thin Consolation, 2009) ****

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Ken Vandermark – Resonance (Not Two, 2008) ****½

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Fred Anderson – Staying In The Game (ESP, 2009) ****

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NEC explores Carter’s music all through the years

The New England Conservatory features Elliott Carter.

Not to be left out of an unprecedented party, New England Conservatory has also been celebrating the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter with a wide-ranging festival of student and faculty performances, building in intensity this week. A lively program on Tuesday night in Jordan Hall featured the world premiere of the exuberantly clattering “Tintinnabulation,” commissioned by NEC for Frank Epstein and the school’s Percussion Ensemble.

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