Think Ahmad Jamal. Vince Guaraldi. Junior Mance. Red Garland. Ramsey Lewis. Then think again. It’s Gene Russell with his New Direction, an album that originally appeared in 1971, only to be reissued on CD in 2003 as an import. But now New Direction serves as a kind of flagship re-reissue for Black Jazz and its catalog of recordings made by label founder Russell from sessions produced in New York City and Los Angeles during the early to mid 1970s.
Henry Franklin: Bass
Steve Clover: Drums
Tony William: Congas
Gene Russell: Piano
Larry Gates: Bass on “Black Orchid” & “Making Bread”