In 1992 Chicago saxophonist & drummer Hal Russell selected compositions from each of his band members and one from Mars Williams, added Charles Tyler on baritone, alto and clarinet to the quintet, and released this wildly creative and energetic album of modern jazz.
Russell, Hal NRG Ensemble w/ Charles Tyler
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"What a remarkable thing. Here is the legendary, late Hal Russell and his fine NRG Ensemble jamming with Cleveland native Charles Tyler (on all but two cuts). This is the kind of session that is always rumored, or fans wish would happen, but almost never does. In any case, the proceedings live up to their potential.
The non-Tyler cut is the opener, "Sinus Up," composed by bassist, guitarist, and trumpeter Brian Sandstrom. It includes a percussive, minimal figure built up on the guitar as the primary rhythm instrument. It's quick, furiously dramatic, and features killer guitar and vibes solos. "Poodle Up" is a multiple-themed tune typical of Russell, which features him playing tenor and soloing first in a chase melody, followed by Tyler on baritone, who uses the modal blues in his own solo. The band charges with these 12-note runs that alternate in scale and pitch and repeat until a new theme is introduced, but surprise -- it's the old theme restated in a different cadence.
Mars Williams composed "Sponge," and it is a crazy, loopy, almost carnival-like piece where clowns chase each other through the crowd. Sandstrom stabs into the center of the tune on his trumpet solo and he's followed by Tyler's extroverted, R and B-honking baritone solo, which makes the rest of the band charge up behind him and carry it out. As on any NRG Ensemble recording, there are no dull moments, but this one is supplanted by the joy, wisdom, and immaculate sense of the unknown that Charles Tyler brought to the date."-Thom Jurek, Allmusic.com
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Recorded at Solid Sound Studios on September 9th, 1982 and January 10th, 1981 by Judd Sager.
Hal Russell-tenor saxophone, cornet, vibraphone, drums
Charles Tyler-baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet
Chuck Burdelik-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Brian Sandstrom-bass, electric guitar, trumpet
Curt Bley-double bass, electric bass
Steve Hunt-drus, vibraphone
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1. Sinus Up 3:46
2. Poodle Cut 12:54
3. Sponge 10:45
4. Tatwas 3:22
5. Cascade 19:11
6. Generation 3:50
7. This Fence Is A Loving Machine 4:29
8. Uncontrollable Rage 13:53