From his earliest days as a composer, George Russell has worked from the assumption that if jazz was to grow as an art form it would have to look within itself for the materials of growth. Developing the theoretical ability to abet that process has occupied Russell from his works for the Dizzy Gillespie big band of the late 1940s to his most recent electronic music. The Outer View is one of his most brilliant small-band recordings, applying Russell's system of tonal organization not only to his own compositions but to pieces by Charlie Parker, Carla Bley, and Governor Jimmie Davis. Virtuoso music requires virtuoso musicians, and Russell is joined in this 1963 recording by Don Ellis, Garnett Brown, Steve Swallow, and Sheila Jordan, among others.
with Don Ellis, Garnett Brown, Paul Plummer, Steve Swallow, Pete La Roca, Sheila Jordan