George Russell - The African Game (1985) [Remastered 1997]

Posted By: Bezz
George Russell - The African Game (1985) [Remastered 1997]

George Russell - The African Game (1985) [Remastered 1997]
EAC rip | FLAC + CUE + LOG | Full Scans | 260 Mb
Genre ~ Post-Bop
Label ~ Blue Note Records

George Russell's The African Game is a major statement, a highly eclectic, nine-part, 45-minute suite for augmented big band that attempts to depict no less than the evolution of the species from the beginning of time to the present from an African perspective. Well, yes, this theme has been taken on by many an ambitious artist in every field, but Russell's work is remarkably successful because it tries to embrace a massive world of sound in open, colorful, young-thinking terms, with degrees of timbral unity and emotion to keep the idioms from flying out of control. There are traditional big band sounds here, but one is more likely to encounter electronics, African drumming by the five-piece group Olu Bata, atonality, rock, funk, even the sound of electric pencil sharpeners. Ironically, the section with the strongest injections of funk is entitled "The Survival Game (Survival of the Fittest)" – possibly a barbed comment on the mercenary realities of the music business – and "The Mega-Minimalist Age (Style Over Substance: The Decline of the Spirit)" leaves no doubt as to Russell's jaundiced view of commercial pop culture. The recording was made with help of grants from the state of Massachusetts and the NEA at the work's American premiere in a Boston church, and the performance sounds crisp and well-rehearsed. Indeed, this release Russell's first on a U.S. label in 13 years, and was an early sign from the newly revived (as of 1985) Blue Note label that they intended to be a major force in the jazz business again after sporadic patches of activity and neglect. So they have been ever since, despite deleting this CD. ~ AllMusic

Tracks List

1 Event I: Organic Life on Earth Begins 6:38
2 Event II: The Paleolithic Game 4:32
3 Event III: Consciousness 2:22
4 Event IV: The Survival Game 7:45
5 Event V: The Human Sensing of Unity :50
6 Event VI: African Empires 8:23
7 Event VII: Cartesisan Man 3:28
8 Event VIII: The Mega-Minimalist Age 4:04
9 Event IX: The Future? 7:18

EAC extraction logfile from 12. April 2008, 12:28 for CD
George Russell / The African Game

Used drive : HL-DT-STCDRW/DVD GCC4482 Adapter: 1 ID: 0
Read mode : Secure with NO C2, accurate stream, disable cache
Read offset correction : 6
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out : No

Used output format : C:\Eac\Codecs\flac.exe (User Defined Encoder)
320 kBit/s
Additional command line options : -8 -V -T "artist=%a" -T "title=%t" -T "album=%g" -T "date=%y" -T "tracknumber=%n" -T "genre=%m" -T "comment=EAC Flac 1.1.2 -8" %s

Other options :
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks : No
Installed external ASPI interface

Track 1
Filename C:\Documents and Settings\russell\01 - Event I - Organic Life On Earth Begins.wav

Pre-gap length 0:00:02.00

Peak level 75.6 %
Track quality 100.0 %
Test CRC DC05F84F
Copy CRC DC05F84F
Copy OK

Track 2
Filename C:\Documents and Settings\russell\02 - Event II - The Paleolithic Game.wav

Pre-gap length 0:00:02.13

Peak level 100.0 %
Track quality 100.0 %
Test CRC 15776EB4
Copy CRC 15776EB4
Copy OK

Track 3
Filename C:\Documents and Settings\russell\03 - Event III - Consciousness.wav

Pre-gap length 0:00:03.20

Peak level 44.5 %
Track quality 100.0 %
Copy OK

Track 4
Filename C:\Documents and Settings\russell\04 - Event IV - The Survival Game.wav

Pre-gap length 0:00:02.10

Peak level 83.7 %
Track quality 100.0 %
Test CRC EE1593CA
Copy CRC EE1593CA
Copy OK

Track 5
Filename C:\Documents and Settings\russell\05 - Event V - The Human Sensing Of Unity With Great Nature.wav

Pre-gap length 0:00:01.40

Peak level 38.7 %
Track quality 99.7 %
Test CRC 3D79740D
Copy CRC 3D79740D
Copy OK

Track 6
Filename C:\Documents and Settings\russell\06 - Event VI - African Empires.wav

Pre-gap length 0:00:01.77

Peak level 88.6 %
Track quality 100.0 %
Test CRC 9D2D21E6
Copy CRC 9D2D21E6
Copy OK

Track 7
Filename C:\Documents and Settings\russell\07 - Event VII - Cartesian Man.wav

Pre-gap length 0:00:00.93

Peak level 93.6 %
Track quality 100.0 %
Test CRC 053AE86B
Copy CRC 053AE86B
Copy OK

Track 8
Filename C:\Documents and Settings\russell\08 - Event VIII - The Mega-Minimalist Age.wav

Peak level 75.9 %
Track quality 100.0 %
Test CRC 3628DA4D
Copy CRC 3628DA4D
Copy OK

Track 9
Filename C:\Documents and Settings\russell\09 - Event IX - The Future.wav

Pre-gap length 0:00:01.73

Peak level 65.8 %
Track quality 99.9 %
Test CRC 569C6080
Copy CRC 569C6080
Copy OK

No errors occured

End of status report

George Russell - The African Game (1985) [Remastered 1997]

George Russell - The African Game (1985) [Remastered 1997]

Special thanks to the original uploader, balth67!


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Welcome to my blog for more wonderful music