George Russell Sextet, Stratusphunk (1960)
When both Ant Donaldson and Riki Gooch – two of New Zealand’s best drummers and musical minds – tell you about the composer George Russell you listen. And when they mention his great albums with his sextet and larger ensembles you hunt them down. And when you find one of them at fucking Hallensteins – because they’ve started stocking records! – you laugh. Because you can tell as soon as you see it that they’ve chosen this, some buyer has chosen this, or someone at the warehouse that is curating the records for them has chosen this, based entirely on cover-design. They liked the colours and the shapes and figured someone might buy it as a thing to put on the wall or put near a stereo on display! Fuck me. That’s tragic. (No more tragic than me looking through the record selection in Hallensteins, because I had to know, and because I’m fucking diseased!) So, it’s comical, but I feel like someone that rescues an abused kitten or pup, I feel like I’m doing god’s work. I feel like my cape was at the drycleaner’s that day but I still found it in my heart and in my blood and in my core to act like a goddamn hero.
Sample Track: Stratusphunk
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