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George Russell to Release Live Birthday Album

George Russell, composer, bandleader and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, is set to release his new live concert recording entitled The 80th Birthday Concert on Oct. 18. The two-CD set highlights performances from his June 2003 concerts in honor of his 80th birthday. The concerts also feature Russell’s Living Time Orchestra, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The release marks Russell’s 27th recording as a leader and The 80th Birthday Concert focuses on his large ensemble music including “It’s About Time,” an excerpt from “Listen to the Silence” and an arrangement of the Miles Davis classic trumpet solo, “So What.” The CD also includes two of Russell’s most respected works, “Electric Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature” and the multiple Grammy nominee “The African Game.”

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