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Live album · 1971

Tracklist

A Part One 26:03
B Part Two 26:30

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Red Mitchell
Drums – Jon Christensen
Electric Guitar – Terje Rypdal
Piano – George Russell
Tenor Saxophone – Jan Garbarek
Trumpet – Manfred Schoof

About this release

Flying Dutchman ‎– FD-10124 (US)

Recorded live at the Sonja Henie/Niels Onstad Center For The Arts, on April 28th, 1969, at Høvikodden, near Oslo, Norway.

The electronic tapes was composed in the Electronic Music Studios (EMS) of the Swedish Radio in Stockholm.

The tapes of African vocals and lute was recorded by Cal Floyd in 1967 in Nile headquarters region of North Uganda.

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Igor91
George Russell's Electronic Souls Loved by Nature is one of the severely underrated jazz releases from the late 1960's/early 1970's. I, personally, would put this up there with Miles Davis' Bitches Brew as far as its inventiveness and uniqueness for the time. The recording is actually from April of 1969 (not released until 1971), which predates the Bitches Brew sessions by about 3 months! This is a very European sounding release, due to the musicians involved in it hailing from Norway, most notably the young Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal. The use of tape noises and sound collages with a live band, and recorded in a live setting was innovative for 1969. The musicians performed the piece impeccably and with conviction. There are two, side long tracks that combine cool, repetitive jazz grooves, free jazz, and touches of jazz rock, mostly due to Rypdal's occasional Hendrix-inspired shredding. It has a kind of psychedelic vibe, but in that dark, Norwegian style in contrast to Bitches Brew's very American sound. This one should really be recognized for what is - a groundbreaking jazz classic.

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