HAL RUSSELL’S CHEMICAL FEAST

Elixir

(Atavistic) Used CD $6.00

This 1979 live recording documents a show where Russell, vibraphonist George Southgate, and bassist Russ DiTusa are joined by saxophonists Mars Williams and Spider Middleman. The tension and sweet release on Elixir, comparable to the sound of the post-Russell NRG Ensemble, uses the framed juxtaposition of individual voices and contrasting meters that seem complicated in theory, but are surprisingly natural in practice.