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  • Lydian Chromatic Concept Update: revised and expanded biography on the life and music of George Russell published on October 15, 2020 now available at Amazon. +

    The new authorized biography on the author of "The Lydian Chromatic Concept" (LCCOTO) is entitled "Stratusphunk: The Life and Works of George Russell" written by Dr. Duncan Heining. Originally published in 2009 under the title 'George Russell: The Story of an American Composer', this 371 page new edition published by Jazz Internationale (Suffolk, UK) offers students and fans of jazz a seriously revised and extended text based on additional research and interviews. The author Dr. Duncan Heining has written about jazz and other music genres since 1996 for Avant, The Independent, Jazzwise, Jazz UK and All About Jazz. His other books are: Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz 1960-1975 (Equinox 2012) and Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier (Equinox 2018). The new edition is available now in both Kindle and Paperback versions on Amazon AT THIS LINK. Here's the press release description from the publisher:"Stratusphunk Read More
  • "SoundCloud Pro" Review 2020: MY RECENT SOLO PIANO RECORDINGS ARE NOW STREAMING MUSIC ON SOUNDCLOUD PRO PLATFORM +

    It is with great pleasure that I'm happy to share with my fans, YouTube viewers, live stream concert audience, my online students and all visitors to my official website that some of my original music for solo piano is now streaming on SoundCloud Pro. The SoundCloud Pro platform offers a wide range of very useful features that give the creative musical artist a platform to reach a global audience. With my new membership and uploads on SoundCloud Pro, I can upload unlimited hours of any type of audio in high-quality WAV file format. It allows me to distribute and monetize with their Repost service for no extra cost. I've got amazingly detailed real-time insights for analytics in the dashboard that displays plays, likes, reposts, comments & downloads, top listeners, countries & cities, plays by website, RSS & third-party apps I'm able to schedule my music album releases and share them Read More
  • FILEMAIL REVIEW 2020: the fastest file transfer cloud service I've found, and the perfect choice for musicians and music educators who need to send and receive large audio and video files of any size +

    After extensive research and comparison shopping the major online companies that allow people to upload and download huge files, I've come to the firm conclusion that FileMail is the best for many reasons, especially because it has no limit on file size (even the most basic free version) and has a solid desktop utility for off-line uploads with speeds up to 20 times faster than other web browser transfer sites. Teaching online, creating music videos and posting WAV files requires the sharing of very large files. After many months of use, I'm sold on Filemail. To put it simply, Filemail works perfectly with all the features a musician and music educator would ever need. The interface is smooth, easy and straight-ahead. I've never had any hassles or failed uploads when starting out with their free version which was robust enough to keep me going for all of my largest file Read More
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My Personal (Poetic) Birthday Tribute to Music Master Paragon George Russell

If George Russell were gracing us today here on Earth with his presence on June 23, 2020, we would be joining in celebration of his 97th birthday. In his honor, this blog post pays reverence to a true human being, a vertical man, an innovator, composer, band-leader, music educator and theoritician who devoted his life's work to sharing the deepest insights into what the music itself is telling us about its own self-organization and unity, entitled "George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization - the art and science of tonal gravity."

First, a preface with two quotes:

“Though his pieces were direct offshoots of his Lydian theories, there is nothing the slightest bit doctrinaire about them…It is a mystery why Russell’s work has not become a standard part of the jazz canon, or why his works have not been rediscovered by the Jazz repertory movement.” - written by National Jazz Museum in Harlem Artistic Director Loren Schoenberg

(The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a thriving center for jazz that stimulates hearts and minds, and reaches out to diverse audiences to enjoy this quintessential American music. Its mission is to preserve, promote and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and the celebration of jazz locally, nationally and internationally.) https://www.jmih.org/

and this birthday tribute to George Russell from an article in the British daily newspaper "The Guardian":

"When composer George Russell died in 2009, plenty of the world’s musicians and listeners remained indifferent to his achievements - or were still scratching their heads about them - close on 60 years after his revolutionary methods began transforming jazz. But plenty of others - Ornette Coleman and Jan Garbarek among them - knew exactly why he mattered. Russell didn’t believe that European music theory, with its roots in the major/minor scale system, and the cadential "urge" of its seven notes toward resolutions, could say much that was useful about jazz. So he shifted the emphasis from cadences and chords to the drifting modes of an updated medieval church music, to notions of "ingoing and outgoing" or "gravitational pull" rather than "tension and resolution". His work inspired the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Gil Evans and Ornette Coleman, and it inspires new artists still..."

ARTIST-POET-PHILOSOPHER-VERTICAL MAN

George Russell epitomizes the artist-poet in the truest sense. Two qualities that best exemplify his essence in this way are paragon and verticality.

PARAGON - The level of being

A model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example.
An unflawed diamond weighing at least 100 carats.
Paragon derives from the Italian literal meaning "touchstone," referring to a black stone that was used in olden times to judge the purity of gold or silver.
a person or thing that is perfect or has an extremely large amount of a particular good characteristic:
a true companion; fellow; mate.
a test of excellence or superiority.
To go beyond; excel; surpass.

VERTICALITY - the state of being

being in a upright position or direction relating to or situated at the vertex;
being in the same direction as the axis.
The apex.
The highest point; placed in the zenith,
Point in the heavens directly overhead  in the celestial sphere toward which or from which the common motion of a group of stars is directed.
occupying the highest place.
The mountain top.

Maestro Russell taught us the vertex is the Lydian Tonic, the center of Tonal Gravity.

As he elucidates in the following excerpt from a radio interview, may he continue to reap the spiritual blessings of his life's work as it lives on.

CLICK TO LISTEN TO GEORGE RUSSELL AUDIO FILE SPEAKING ABOUT THE CONCEPT AND HIS LIFE

Those of us you've touched continue to send you our love, eternally.

 

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