George Russell: The Story of an American Composer (African by Duncan Heining

By Duncan Heining

From inauspicious beginnings as an followed baby in 1920's Cincinnati, George Russell overcame ill-health and transcended racism to develop into well-known as a distinct determine in jazz: an incredible composer, bandleader, professor, and the music's prime theoretician. the writer of The Lydian Chromatic proposal of Tonal Organization and composer of an important physique of small workforce and orchestral works, Russell motivated the improvement of jazz and lots of of its major practitioners.

George Russell: the tale of an American Composer is the 1st biography of 1 of the best figures in jazz. Russell's tale is interwoven with essentially the most colourful characters within the background of the music—musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, and Gil Evans. Written with Russell's complete cooperation and widely researched with interviews from pals, relatives, musicians, affiliates, and commentators on jazz, the booklet finds many invaluable insights and formerly unknown proof approximately Russell's lifestyles. not just a biography, this quantity additionally displays and celebrates the evolution of recent jazz whereas proposing a re-examination of the connection among jazz and classical music.

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