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    George Russell, age 86

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  • #2
    Wow! I didn't even know he was alive! RIP! He did a lot of stuff with Bill Evans too.

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    • #3
      Bummer. I bought his book in the late 70's and still have it in pristine condition.. The Lydian Chromatic Concept. It was a big influence.

      R.I.P George

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      • #4
        Sad to say that I wasn't even really aware of who he was but I'm not going to compound that problem by staying that way.

        It sounds well worth some study.

        RIP, Mr Russell.


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        • #5
          As one who began exploring his concepts only a couple years ago (& is still a neophyte), I can say they really do lead to a useful way of looking at harmony.
          I also think that in the sphere of jazz, he's one of the more definite theoreticians, compared to, say, the almost free-for-all approach of bebop or harmolodics.

          Considering the effect he had on Miles D., it's surprising that he never made it into MD's (in)famous 4-word definition of jazz.

          At least he managed to outlive most of his contemporaries.
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          • #6
            The beauty of modal thinking is that it isn't just jazz. My primary approach to improvisation is based on relative modes. Like the quote above says, "the
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