[JPL] George Russell

Len Dobbin lendobbin at sympatico.ca
Thu Jul 20 10:02:54 EDT 2006

Shiela Jordan actually made her recording debut in November 1960 singing 
"Yesterdays" on a session
by Peter Ind - it was released on his Wave label.

I first met her around that time at Page Three where I went to hear my 
friend, pianist Valdo Williams.  He did the introduction and Sheila and I 
have been friends ever since.

Speaking of great singers, you must hear Roberta Gambarini - her CD "Easy To 
Love" showcases one of the best singers I've heard in years.

"Bird In Igor's Yard" was released on a multiple Capitol CD set some years 
ago - I believe it's still available -
I once had DeFranco on my show and played that cut, he told me that he had a 
whole book of George Russell charts but when the folks at Capitol heard 
"Igor" they nixed any more recordings and in fact sat on "Igor" for
a number of years.

Len Dobbin

Among his landmark compositions is "A Bird in Igor's Yard," which Buddy 
DeFranco's Orchestra recorded for Capitol in 1949.  Sheila Jordan made her 
recording debut singing his arresting arrangement of "You Are My Sunshine" 
on the Riverside release "The Outer View."

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