The Essence of George Russell

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The Essence of George Russell
Studio album by George Russell
Released 1971
Recorded 1966-1967
Genre Jazz
Length 74:36
Label Sonet, Black Saint
Producer George Russell
George Russell chronology
George Russell Sextet at Beethoven Hall
The Essence of George Russell
Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Essence of George Russell is an album by George Russell originally released on the Norwegian Sonet label in 1971, and subsequently remastered and released on the Italian Black Saint label in 1983, featuring performances by Russell with Stanton Davis, Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen and orchestra.[2] The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick states "The Essence Of... contained George Russell's first large-scale work to incorporate electronic elements from contemporary classical music as well as an emerging influence of modern rock. "Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature" is a massive work... the composition progresses from theme to theme, many of them propulsive and groove-oriented, serving as platforms for improvisations from the featured players... "Now and Then," recorded a couple of years prior to the other pieces, is more along the lines of Russell's previous work, especially as heard on his At Beethoven Hall recording: good, rambunctious big band jazz. On the whole, highly recommended".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by George Russell
  1. "Electric Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature - Part I" - 19:45
  2. "Electric Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature - Part II" - 19:51
  3. "Electric Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature - Part III" - 20:53
  4. "Now and Then" - 14:07
  • Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden 1966 & 1967.



  1. ^ Olewnick, Brian (2011). "The Essence Of... - George Russell | AllMusic". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ George Russell discography accessed 10 November 2009.
  3. ^ Owelnick, B. Allmusic Review accessed 10 November 2009.