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Thanks to George Russell for all he's done

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:09 pm
by cgrey999
I can not be more thankfull for Mr Russell's life, music, and all his life's work (band, writing, and concept). I send my deepest condolences to his family and friends.

I have lived with The Concept since 1968 when I was 16 studying Jazz.
I started out playing folk music and later Blues and some Rhythm and Blues. After taking up Jazz I left most other forms behind for a long time.
I used The Concept for everything.
I never studied C&W, RockNRoll, or Blues again. I found myself playing gigs for just about any kind of music for a while, thinking I should be out there playing anything I could get my hands on.
I used The Concept to crack the idiom since I was really unfamilar with some, but I had learned The Concept and knew how those sounds where represented in it. Applying The Concept as I went taught me the idiom too. I was truely amazed. I especially used it in the, ahhhhh Disco Era. How to play the idiom and survive your own solos without loosing your mind. It is amazing how hip some awful stuff can be.

I do not believe I could master the entire Concept in my life time any more than mastering my Guitar entirely. I continue to study it with practical application.

Mr Russell has truly made the largest contribution to the Music World in the history of music.

Thanks, Chris