New York, N.Y. (album)

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New York, N.Y.
Studio album by George Russell
Released 1959 (1959)
Recorded September 12, 1958-March 25, 1959
Genre Jazz
Length 45:28
Label Decca
George Russell chronology
The Jazz Workshop
(1958)
New York, N.Y.
(1959)
Jazz in the Space Age
(1960)
CD reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

New York, N.Y. is an album by George Russell, originally released on Decca in 1959. The album contains tracks conducted and arranged by Russell performed by Art Farmer, Doc Severinson, Ernie Royal, Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Rehak, Tom Mitchell, Hal McKusick, John Coltrane, Sol Schlinger, Bill Evans, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton and Charlie Persip, and narrated by Jon Hendricks. The Allmusic review by Ken Dryden states that "George Russell was one of the most forward-thinking composers and arrangers on the jazz scene during the 1950s, but his work was generally more appreciated by musicians than the jazz-buying public. New York, New York [sic] represents one of many high points in his career... In Rodgers & Hart's "Manhattan", Russell has the soloists playing over the orchestra's vamp, while he also creates an imaginative "East Side Medley" combining the standards "Autumn in New York" and "How About You." His original material is just as striking as his arrangements".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by George Russell except as indicated
  1. "Manhattan" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) - 10:34
  2. "Big City Blues" - 11:40
  3. Manhattan: "Rico" - 10:12
  4. East Side Medley: "Autumn in New York"/"How About You?" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin)/(Ralph Freed, Burton Lane) - 8:01
  5. "A Helluva Town" - 5:01
  • Recorded on September 12, 1958 - March 25, 1959, in New York City

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dryden K. Allmusic Review accessed August 2, 2009.