Sadly, George Russell did not celebrate his 80th birthday in America. Unable to get funding in the U.S. to stage these concerts, Russell took his music to Europe, which has long revered the composer and theorist. The 80th Birthday Concert is culled from two performances by Russell’s Living Time Orchestra–one in London and the other in Dusseldorf. Both took place during the month Russell joined the jazz octogenarian’s club, June 2003.
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