Artist Catalog

Hal Russell

Born: October 18 2017
Born in: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Hal Russell

Hal Russell (born Harold Luttenbacher, August 28, 1926 – September 5, 1992) was an American free jazz composer, band leader and mult-instrumentalist who performed mainly on saxophone and drums but occasionally on trumpet or vibraphone. Russel's fiery music was marked by significant humor, not unlike much of Dutch drummer Han Bennink's output. His music was so accessible that People magazine hailed The Finnish Swiss Tour on ECM as one of its top 5 albums of the year. Russell set the table for the free improv and free jazz scene which exploded later in the 90's in Chicago.