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Ray Russell is one of the UK's best and most innovative jazz and jazz fusion guitarists and is also a music producer, composer and session musician. His TV compositions have included A Touch of Frost, Bergerac, Plain Jane and A Bit Of A Do. He is well known in the UK for his contributions to bands led by fellow jazz musicians such as Mike Gibbs, Ian Carr's Nucleus, Georgie Fame, Bob Downes and Harry Beckett. However he has also worked with major stars such as Gill Evans, John Barry, Tina Turner, Phil Spector, The Ronettes, Van Morrison, Art Garfunkel, Dionne Warwick, Bryan Ferry, Jack Bruce, Cat Stevens, Phil Collins, Alex Harvey, Georgie Fame, Cliff Richard and Frankie Miller

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Harry Beckett: Still Happy

Read "Still Happy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Barbados-born Harry Beckett was known across the jazz world, respected as a major player on the UK scene for many years, winning the Melody Maker Trumpeter of the Year award in 1972 and recording or performing with a host of musicians including Louis Moholo, John Dankworth and John Surman. Like many jazz players he was in ...

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Bob Downes Open Music: Blowin' With Bass

Read "Blowin' With Bass" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Bob Downes, compositore e polistrumentista britannico, estrae dal proprio magic box un'altra chicca che farà fellce gli appassionati di jazz, o meglio, di British Jazz. Il movimento che, a partire della fine degli anni Sessanta, produsse un pimpante manipolo di musicisti-pionieri che ancora oggi calcano le scene internazionali come Evan Parker, John Surman, Keith Tippett, John ...

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The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition

Read "The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition: The Ultimate Guide to UK Rock & Pop Of The Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976 Vernon Joynson 2,080 Pages ISBN: 1-899855-19-3 Borderline Productions 2014 The word “cornucopia" could have been invented just for this immense two volume set. ...

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Simon Phillips: Protocol 3

Read "Protocol 3" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A professional musician from the age of 12, Simon Phillips' drumming sound and style is instantly recognizable. He's toured and recorded with just about every major rock and pop act imaginable; from Mick Jagger, The Who and Toto to Judas Priest, Mike Oldfield, and Joe Satriani. Also an uber-session player, he's recorded countless jazz, fusion and ...

Henry Kaiser - Damon Smith - Weasel Walter: Plane Crash Two

Read "Plane Crash Two" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This album was created shortly after experimental guitarist Henry Kaiser's large ensemble collaboration with fabled Brit guitarist Ray Russell The Celestial Squid (Cuneiform, 2015), as Plane Crash Two marks the second installment of the trio's unadulterated free improvisation exploits. Here, three longtime associates generate that special synergy required to pull it off. Regardless of tempo or ...

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Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell: The Celestial Squid

Read "The Celestial Squid" reviewed by Troy Collins

The Celestial Squid is an unprecedented summit meeting between two renowned guitarists: legendary British session ace Ray Russell and idiosyncratic Bay Area experimentalist Henry Kaiser. Although best known as a veteran studio musician, Russell's groundbreaking early records revealed a penchant for unbridled free jazz, culminating in his 1971 masterpiece Rites and Rituals (CBS). Since then, Russell ...

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Henry Kaiser and Ray Russell: The Celestial Squid

Read "The Celestial Squid" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Jazz fusion guitarist Ray Russell and polystylistic experimentalist Henry Kaiser have never previously recorded together. Kaiser's recorded output is prodigious whereas Russell's is more modest. His debut album Turn Circle(1968) was swiftly followed by a clutch of critically acclaimed but more challenging ones such as Dragon Hill (1969) and Secret Asylum (1973) prior to Russell changing ...

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Bob Downes: Deep Down Heavy

Read "Deep Down Heavy" reviewed by Vic Albani

Quando AAJ mi ha spedito questo CD, non volevo credere che sarebbe stato possibile arrivare alla ristampa di uno dei CD più particolari, curiosi e per certi versi assurdi pubblicati nell'ormai lontano 1970. Fu un anno davvero particolare per la musica europea che, sin dai primi mesi, dimostrò di credere seriamente a una sorta di “cambio ...

Now, More Than Ever

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Released: 2013
Track listing: The Island; Shards of Providence; Way back Now; Slow Day; Suddenly they are gone; Rubber Chicken Dinner: Odd Way Out; Cab in the Rain.


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