New York, N.Y. – George Russell

Artist: George Russell

Year1959

Genre: Modal Jazz

Grade: A-

George Russell’s second studio album, New York, N.Y., is a free-flowing modern jazz symposium. Although the individual songs are somewhat lengthy, they combine to form a cohesive suite that touches on the NYC jazz experience. Solo improv is combined with spoken word à la Charles Mingus’ “Scenes in the City.” While New York, N.Y.  isn’t one of Russell’s most inventive recordings, it’s still a worthy addition to his adventurous catalogue.

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