George Russell - New York, NY 1959 (Acoustic Sounds Series)
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For this 1959 classic album New York, N.Y., George Russell assembled an all-star orchestra, including pianist Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Bob Brookmeyer, John Coltrane, and Milt Hinton, among others. Vocalist Jon Hendricks provides a beatnik-style stream of consciousness narration that opens and closes this truly unique performance. George Russell, was an early proponent of "modal jazz," which featured fewer chord changes and encouraged soloists to improvise on the melody not on the harmony.
Verve's Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series, seeks to offer definitive audiophile grade versions of some of the most historic and best jazz records ever recorded. Utilizing the skills of the top mastering engineers and the unsurpassed production craft of Quality Record Pressings, all titles will be mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on heavyweight vinyl and packaged by Stoughton Printing Co. in high-quality tip-on gatefold jackets. The releases are being supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, the world’s largest source for audiophile recordings.