December 06. 2016
I will post about the launch of RCA Jazz Workshop.
I referred to JazzWax [August 02, 2009].Go here
George Russell and Hal McKusick played an important role in progressive 1950s jazz.
In 1940s late George Russell provided his arrangements to Dizzy Gillespie’s big band and Buddy DeFranco band.
George Russell also wrote “Ezz-thetic”, which was first recorded by Lee Konitz in 1951.
In 1953 he wrote jazz music theory book” the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. “
Russell’s theory has had far reaching effect especially in the realm of modal jazz.
Unfortunately he was not appreciated in those days.
So he earned money by working in a Greenwich Village drugstore in the very early 1950s.
One day he met Hal McKusick at the drugstore.
Then he explained his the Lydian Theory to Hal and Barry Galbraith.
Consequently he told Jack Lewis, who was RCA’s A&R man, about George’s music
After hearing their performance,Jack soon produced The Jazz Workshop for RCA.
Here is George Russell & his Smalltet play “Concerto for Billy the Kid”. (1958)
Also here’s joining Bill Evans “Concerto for Billy the Kid”.(1958)