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George Russell (1923–2009) was an esteemed jazz pianist, composer, and theorist, famous for his groundbreaking contributions to jazz composition and theory.

George Russell was born in Cincinnati, and studied music at WIlberforce University, before moving to New York. After being hospitalised with tuberculosis, he developed his tonal theory "The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.” Published in 1953 it opened the door for many jazz musicians to explore modal compositions. As a composer, Russell recorded several influential albums, including "Ezz-thetics" which featured his trademark complex arrangements and innovative harmonic structures. Russell's visionary approach to jazz composition and theory left a profound impact on the genre, solidifying his legacy as a celebrated figure in jazz history.