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Jazz In The Space Age - George Russell

On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first object placed by humanity in orbit around a celestial body, thus inaugurating the era of the space race. Inevitably, composers were also inspired by the new adventurous spirit that this era seemed to contain. In 1960, George Russell and a group of jazz stars recorded Jazz in the Space Age, a historic record already featuring some ideas from the composer's revolutionary Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. But what does this music do anyway? Everything. It gravitates. It draws us in, it pushes us away. It allows us to wander around, perhaps looking at this nearby planet, intersecting with a star, perhaps deviating from a meteorite at high speed. Russell wrote the score for Jazz In the Space Age and intentionally left a space open for free improvisation - he fixed the satellites in orbits and the imagination of his celestial bodies did the rest. He brought the universe with all its possibilities and mysteries into the music. A cosmos that could seem infinite to us, just like music. Sixty years later we allow ourselves to gravitate to this score, today with other celestial bodies that gaze upon this music through its unique cosmic dust.


Text: Liliana Marinho


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CARA 001 · 2020


Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos

Jazz In The Space Age - George Russell


A1. Chromatic Universe, Part 1

A2. Dimensions

A3. Chromatic Universe, Part 2

B4. The Lydiot

B5. Waltz from Outer Space

B6. Chromatic Universe, Part 3


Bandcamp (Download / Streaming)

Video (Side A)

Video (Side B)


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Production: Pedro Guedes / OJM

Musical Direction: Pedro Guedes

Composition and arrangement: George Russell

Transcription of the arrangement: Telmo Marques

Guest Soloists: João Paulo Esteves da Silva (piano), José Diogo Martins (piano)

Woodwinds: José Luís Rego, João Guimarães, Mário Santos, José Pedro Coelho, Rui Teixeira

Trumpets: Luís Macedo, Ricardo Formoso, Rogério Ribeiro

Trombones: Daniel Dias, Xavier Sousa, Gonçalo Dias

Rhythm Section: Carlos Azevedo (Fender Rhodes), Eurico Costa (guitar), Demian Cabaud (double bass), Marcos Cavaleiro (drums)

Recorded and mixed: Carlos Lopes

Video: Alexandra Côrte-Real

Design: Dobra

Texts: Fernando Pires de Lima


In memory of Manuel Jorge Veloso

Recorded live at Casa da Música, Porto

November 30th 2019

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Casa da Música (Sala Suggia), Porto

Jazz in the Space Age - Música de George Russell

George Russell desenvolveu a primeira teoria musical nascida das entranhas do jazz. Criou uma nova abordagem à criação que foi revolucionária e mudou o percurso de figuras como Miles Davis, John Coltrane e Ornette Coleman – o famoso disco Kind of Blue de Miles e todo o jazz modal não teria existido sem as ideias de Russell. As suas obras‑primas Jazz in the Space Age e All About Rosie foram dois grandes exemplos práticos desses conceitos que abriam um novo mundo de sonoridades para o jazz. Neste projecto, a Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos celebra o legado de Russell e a sua música que continua a soar moderna, contando com a parceria de dois grandes solistas.

Formação

Direção musical: Pedro Guedes

Piano: João Paulo Esteves da Silva - Convidado

Piano: José Diogo Martins - Convidado

Saxofone tenor: Andy Sheppard - Convidado

Madeiras: José Luís Rego, João Pedro Brandão, Mário Santos, José Pedro Coelho, Rui Teixeira

Trompetes: Luís Macedo, Ricardo Formoso, Rogério Ribeiro, Javier Pereiro

Trombones: Daniel Dias, Álvaro Pinto, Andreia Santos, Gonçalo Dias

Secção Rítmica: Carlos Azevedo (piano), Eurico Costa (guitarra), Damien Cabaud (contrabaixo), Marcos Cavaleiro (bateria)

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