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Jazz Workshops: George Russell and Hal McKusick

George RussellThis edition of Night Lights features the Jazz Workshops, progressive 1950s jazz recorded by pianist/composer/theorist George Russell and saxophonist Hal McKusick. The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop series, begun by A & R man Jack Lewis, was in some respects an extension of the “Birth of the Cool” school that began in the late 1940s. Bill Evans and Art Farmer are some of the soloists heard on these innovative, often-overlooked LPs that offer yet more evidence that the 1950s were an exciting time in the jazz world. Another program features the abandoned Victor session recorded by Johnny Carisi for the series, as well as Charles Mingus’ Jazz Workshop albums for the Savoy and Debut labels.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Just Leave It Alone
Hal McKusick — Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor, 1956)

Notes: Jimmy Giuffre composition

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Blues for Pablo
Hal McKusick — Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor, 1956)

Notes: Composed by Gil Evans.

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Jambangle
Hal McKusick — Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor, 1957)

Notes: Composed by Gil Evans.

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The Blues Train
Hal McKusick — Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor, 1956)

Notes: Composed by Jimmy Giuffre.

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Lydian Lullaby
Hal McKusick — Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor, 1956)

Notes: Composed by George Russell.

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Miss Clara
Hal McKusick — Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor, 1956)

Notes: Music bed for break, composed by George Russell.

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Ye Hypocrite, Ye Beelzebub
George Russell — Jazz Workshop (Koch, 1956)
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Jack's Blues
George Russell — Jazz Workshop (Koch, 1956)
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Fellow Delegates
George Russell — Jazz Workshop (Koch, 1956)
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Night Sound
George Russell — Jazz Workshop (Koch, 1956)
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Concerto for Billy the Kid
George Russell — Jazz Workshop (Koch, 1956)
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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Philips, 1963)
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