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Hal Russell: Albert’s Lullabye

Legendary Chicago free-jazz instrumentalist Hal Russell, who died in 1992, appears on these sessions, mostly cut in 1991, with bassist Michael Staron, drummer Rich Shandling and pianist Bradley Parker-Sparrow. The selections include a couple of Albert Ayler tunes, “Vibrations” and “Ghosts,” adaptations of “Brahms Lullabye,” here called “Albert’s Lullabye,” the Gregorian chants “Kyrie and Agnus Dei,” and an adaptation of “The Edge of Night” soap-opera theme. There are also three Russell/Staron/Sparrow “spontaneous improvisation(s),” including the twenty-five minute “Who’s There?” and the fifteen-minute “Aural,” both of which are varied in mood.

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