Othello Ballet Suite/Electronic Organ Sonata No. 1

Othello Ballet Suite/Electronic Organ Sonata No. 1 is an album by composer George Russell which was recorded in Europe and released by the Swedish Sonet Records and by the Flying Dutchman label in the US in 1970.[1][2][3] The album was reissued in 1981 on the Italian Soul Note label[4]

Othello Ballet Suite/Electronic Organ Sonata No. 1
Studio album by
Released1970 (1970)
RecordedNovember 3 & 4, 1967 and October 1, 1968
StudioRadio Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden and Grorud Church, Oslo, Norway
LabelSonet (SLP 1409) (Sweden)
Flying Dutchman (FDS 122) (US)
ProducerGeorge Russell
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Othello was recorded November 3, 1967, at the studios of Radio Sweden in Stockholm. The basic material for Electronic Organ Sonata was recorded October 1, 1968 on the grand church organ of Grorud Church, Oslo. Technical work and final assemblage was performed in the electronic music studios of Radio Sweden.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[7]

AllMusic reviewer Ron Wynn stated: "An uneven but compelling work by George Russell that combines jazz, classical, and Shakespeare. The results range from magnificent to chaotic; there's a large band that includes mostly obscure foreign musicians. It was one of the first times that Norway's Jan Garbarek appeared playing tenor sax on a major label".[6]


1. Othello Ballet Suite (Part I)
2. Othello Ballet Suite (Part II)
  • Alto Saxophone – Arne Domnerus
  • Drums – Jon Christensen
  • Orchestra – Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The
  • Tenor Saxophone – Bernt Rosengren, Jan Garbarek
  • Trumpet – Rolf Eriksson (
3. Electronic Organ Sonata No. 1
  • Engineer [Recording] – Bjornar Andresen, Kåre Kolberg
  • Organ [Church Organ] – George Russell [5]


  • Mixed by, Engineer – Gote Nilsson
  • Producer, composed by – George Russell


  1. Jazzlists: Flying Dutchman 10100 series discography, accessed November 11, 2019
  2. Both Sides Now: Flying Dutchman Label Discography, accessed November 11, 2019
  3. George Russell: Discography, accessed November 11, 2019
  4. CAM Jazz: Album details, accessed November 11, 2019
  5. http://www.discogs.com/George-Russell-Othello-Ballet-Suite-Electronic-Organ-Sonata-No-1/release/884338
  6. Wynn, Ron. George Russell: Othello Ballet Suite and Electronic Sonata No. 1 – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  7. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 174. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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