Jazz in the Space Age
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Jazz in the Space Age
Jazz in the Space Age
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Studio album by
Released1960 (1960)
RecordedMay, 1960 & August, 1960
LabelDecca DL 9219
George Russell chronology
New York, N.Y.
Jazz in the Space Age
George Russell Sextet at the Five Spot
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[2]

Jazz in the Space Age is an album by George Russell originally released on Decca in 1960.[3] The album contains tracks conducted and arranged by Russell performed by Ernie Royal, Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Rehak, Al Kiger, Marky Markowitz, David Baker, Jimmy Buffington, Hal McKusick, Dave Young, Sol Schlinger, Bill Evans, Paul Bley, Barry Galbraith, Howard Collins, Milt Hinton, Don Lamond and Charlie Persip.


The Allmusic review by Ken Dryden states that "The three-part suite "Chromatic Universe" is an ambitious work which mixes free improvisation with written passages that have not only stood the test of time but still sound very fresh. "The Lydiot" focuses on the soloists, while incorporating elements from "Chromatic Universe" and other Russell compositions... the slow, somewhat mysterious "Waltz From Outer Space", which incorporates an Oriental-sounding theme, and "Dimensions", described by its composer as "a sequence of freely associated moods indigenous to jazz... represents some of George Russell's greatest achievements".[4]

Track listing

All compositions by George Russell
  1. "Chromatic Universe, Part 1" - 3:33
  2. "Dimensions" - 13:11
  3. "Chromatic Universe, Part 2" - 3:47
  4. "The Lydiot" - 10:04
  5. "Waltz from Outer Space" - 6:59
  6. "Chromatic Universe, Part 3" - 4:55
  • Recorded May-August 1, 1960 in NYC



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 174. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Edwards, D., Callahan, M., Eyries, P., Watts, R., & Neely, T. Decca Album Discography, Part 7: DL 9200 Jazz Series (1958-1968), accessed August 12, 2015
  4. ^ Dryden K. Allmusic Review accessed August 3, 2009.

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