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  • Lydian Chromatic Concept Update: new video "The Consonant Nucleus" split-screen Performance and Transcription - Lydian, Lydian Augmented, Lydian Diminished Scales +

    A new video of me playing my original compositions of the first 3 Lydian Chromatic Concept Scales from my "Seven Vertical Scales" album is now live on YouTube on Chris Bandy's channel! It captures a split-screen where you see me performing the instrumental works from the solo piano album live on my 1924 Steinway "M" on the left, and a note-for-note transcription scrolling on the right. You can follow along by watching the music notation to get a better idea of these first three scales in the Western Order of Tonal Gravity. Notation and video produced by Chris Bandy, and original performance live stream concert produced by me for TransMedia Sound and Music, my production company. The Lydian Scale, The Lydian Augmented Scale, and The Lydian Diminished Scale are part of the nine-tone order called "The Consonant Nucleus" for their chord-producing qualities, which encompass the five fundamental chord categories of Read More
  • Giving +

    As we observe and celebrate on this day, Thanksgiving day 2020, it is my intention in this blog post to share with everyone a list of the qualities of giving that we can nurture moving forward, pressing onward and upward. These internal attitudes of character and behavior represent the antithesis of narcissism. Thanksgiving is a time to feel grateful and connect with gratitude, but besides the first part of the word "thanksgiving," the second part is more important, especially now with all the challenges we face as Americans and as human beings around the globe. Giving is what makes us human - whereby we feel that others are more important than ourselves. When our own needs take a backseat to feeling empathy for the needs of others, we discover what being human can be. Let's listen to the silence (within and without) today and everyday as we keep on keepin' on, Read More
  • Review of Andy Wasserman Benefit Live Stream Concert November 21, 2020 +

    Here's a review posted on Facebook from this past weekend's Live Stream Concert Fundraiser to benefit the Sussex County Food Coop: THIS WAS TRANSFORMATIVE! An Editorial Note: Last night we hosted a lovely concert by Andy Wasserman, and I just have to say an amazing thing happened. I took an hour to just "BE" and relax and enjoy the show. Not only the music, but how the music made me feel. It was relaxing and an almost spiritual experience as I set aside an hour for myself to enjoy this. Maybe it's because it's been such a busy few months and there's been so much at stake this past year. Whatever your reason, I urge you all to take a moment and spend it on yourself. If you're so inclined you have the opportunity to watch last night's concert as Andy is leaving it up on his site and accepting Read More
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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 is the story of remarkable musician and a remarkable man. Through his ideas and music, composer, theorist and musician George Russell joins the dots in modern jazz from bebop, though modal and free jazz and into jazz rock. It is hard to imagine another artist, who was both so influential but also so misunderstood. Throughout his life, as an African-American, George Russell confronted and overcame the many obstacles thrown in his way of racism, class inequalities and life-threatening illnesses. Widely acknowledged for his influence on the many of the developments in jazz from the fifties onwards, Russell’s impact on the music came both from his writings and teaching and from his compositions and recordings.His life and work connected with many of the most seminal figures in jazz - Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Carla Bley and Ornette Coleman – influencing these musicians and being influenced by them. For the first time in paperback and in a fully revised edition, Stratusphunk makes Russell’s story, music and theories available to scholars, students and fans."

This new book contains a very touching dedication to George Russell's son Jock Millgardh, Jock's wife and children (George's three grandchildren).

Regarding Chapter Four of "Stratusphunk":

I was overjoyed to discover that this new revised and expanded text has much more detailed documentation explaining George Russell's monumental music theory treatise on tonal gravity than the 2009 biography.

As someone who was personally interviewed by Dr. Heining along with other certified teachers of "The Lydian Chromatic Concept" for his first biography, specifically in relation to my work as a member of the team of editorial assistants to Maestro Russell for 20 years on the fourth and final edition of "The Concept" and having had the honor of writing the foreword to that book, I commend Heining for allowing his readers to gain a greater understanding of what George Russell considered to be the pinnacle of his life's work. Perhaps after reading Dr. Heining's revised and expanded biography more people within and without academia will be open to exploring, studying, playing and appreciating "The Concept" in its entirety.

I give this new book my highest recommendation. It offers a comprehensive perspective to anyone who wishes to absorb an in-depth and scholarly researched chronicle of this great vertical man (my mentor of over 30 years) and the life story behind all that went into his innovative contributions to the world of music.

You can read more about this new book on the ALL ABOUT JAZZ website AT THIS LINK.

And while you are visiting the ALL ABOUT JAZZ website, enjoy these excellent articles about George Russell:

In Memorium to George Russell: interviews and quotes and dedications by fellow artists and music industry professionals

Article entitled "Why George Russell Will Always Live In Time" by Raul D'gama Rose


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