Last week’s post featured a May 1999 performance by a special Oliver Lake Sextet in homage to Eric Dolphy at the legendary Five Spot Cafe. Our Lost Jazz Shrines: Five Spot series actually kicked off by a very special performance by composer-conductor George Russell‘s Living Time Orchestra. NEA Jazz Master George Russell was one of jazz’s major theorist with the inception of his Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. He is also noted for composing the classic Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban vehicle “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop,” which became a major vehicle for the great Cuban hand drummer Chano Pozo.
Here’s Part One and Part Two of that George Russell and the Living Time Orchestra concert: