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  • MUSIC COMPOSITION UPDATE: 159 new works for solo piano written and performed in the last 6 months for live stream concerts and recordings +

    I've composed, arranged and performed a total of 159 new original compositions for solo piano during this last six-month period. Scroll down this blog entry to view the database of new pieces created for performance during 21 live stream concerts ("The Listening Experience"), listed by date, concert theme and composition title. Last week's detailed blog article AT THIS LINK tells the story of my 25 consecutive live stream concert events with in-depth information. These compositions are also listed on my Live Stream Page, featured in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels you can scroll through on the bottom of the live stream page. There is no way this level of creativity could have occured without the universal inspiration from George Russell (my composition mentor) and his enduring, prodigious Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, for which I am eternally grateful. The January, Read More
  • LIVE STREAM CONCERTS MILESTONE #1: Celebrating 25 Consecutive Solo Piano "Listening Experience" events +

    The live stream concert dedicated to "PoleStar" broadcast from my website on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 was the 25th consecutive solo piano concert since the inception on June 28th, 2020. Each and every Sunday I have presented "The Listening Experience" of all original music created to inspire and uplift audiences around the world. They have all been free-of-charge (donations accepted), with no log in or registration needed to view. The majority of concerts are one hour in length, consisting of 8 instrumental songs. I've composed, arranged and performed over 150 original compositions in these live streams during this six-month period.  View the database list of these compositions in different blog article AT THIS LINK. These compositions are always complied each week in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels on the bottom of the live stream page. Here's a screen shot. Many Read More
  • Music Documentary Film Review: "Hearing Is Believing" - Rachel Flowers +

    Although released as a full-length documentary film in 2017, I had not had the opportunity to see this movie until this week. Let me begin by saying that it is a very important film for everyone to enjoy and learn from, especially musicians. The focus is on Rachel Flowers. She is what a real musician looks like - in every way, shape and form. Her essence is one of purity. That's what this film means to me: music is purity. The purity of her soul made me cry tears of joy at the end of the film. She hears a sound in everything and in everyone. The title says it all. More than the familiar motto "seeing is believing," the truth is that "hearing is believing." This is in perfect alignment with my axiom that music is a gift given to all human beings to teach us to become better listeners. 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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