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Ray Russell

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

Fluid Architecture

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Escaping The Six String Cage; Turn Right At Ventura; Moon Dog; Endure; We Go Back a Short Way; The Conversation; One For Geoff; Six In – Six Out; A Room Within A Room.

Joy Unlimited

Label: Cadillac Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: No Time for Hello; Glowing; Changes Are Still Happening; Bracelets of Sound; Rings within Rings; Not Just Tomorrow.

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A Selection Of The Best New Releases From 2020

Read "A Selection Of The Best New Releases From 2020" reviewed by Len Davis

A random selection of the best are releases from 2020. Playlist Wayne Krantz “High 70's" from Write Out Your Head (Abstract Logix) 00:00 Markus Reuter “Power Series" from Truce (Moonjune) 05:55 Gergo Borlai “Gary" from The Missing Song (Blue Canoe) 11:50 Richard Hallebeek “Sunset Sky" from Bumerang (Richie Rich) 17:46 Tigran Hamasyan “New Maps" ...

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Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell and SPIME 2019

Read "Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell and SPIME 2019" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Everyone's favourite drummer Dan Weiss created quite a stir with the debut album of his band Starebaby. That ball keeps rolling with their sophomore release, Natural Selection. And what else could you expect from a band with Matt Mitchell, Craig Taborn, Ben Monder and Trevor Dunn? The album rocks! Friend and mentor become playing partners on ...

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Markus Reuter, Ray Russell, Randy Brecker and More

Read "Markus Reuter, Ray Russell, Randy Brecker and More" reviewed by Len Davis

This week we focus on raw, improvised music with touch guitars, electronics and drums amongst new releases from British and American bands. Our playlist mixes new releases, including improvised music from Markus Reuter or Ray Russell and the collaboration between Randy Brecker and Eric Marienthal, and some older material by the likes of Dave Liebman and ...

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Ray Russell, Cindy Blackman Santana, Aaron Parks and More

Read "Ray Russell, Cindy Blackman Santana, Aaron Parks and More" reviewed by Len Davis

New releases from Ray Russell and Cindy Blackman Santana. Playlist Aaron Parks “Shapeshifter" Parks & Wreck (Aaron Parks) 0:00:00 Go Go Penguin “Fanfares" Fanfares (Gondwana Records) 0:19:52 Cindy Blackman Santana “Twilight Mask" Give the drummer some (Copperline ) 0:33:03 Ray Russell “We Go Back a Short Way" Fluid Architecture (Cuneiform) 0:41:56 ...

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Ivo Perelman, Lucas Goicoechea, Charles Mingus, Roberto Ottaviano and More

Read "Ivo Perelman, Lucas Goicoechea, Charles Mingus, Roberto Ottaviano and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a wide swath of styles in this episode, further demonstrating the incredible depth of improvised music. From an historic live performance in Germany by Charles Mingus, to the powerful saxophone of Ivo Perelman joined by an improvising string trio, to contemporary guitar by England's Ray Russell, to rising stars from Argentina (saxophonist Lucas Goicoechea), to ...

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Ray Russell Plus New Releases From Ears&Eyes

Read "Ray Russell Plus New Releases From Ears&Eyes" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature a selection of mostly new releases including the recent one from guitar legend Ray Russell who has enjoyed two distinct careers: one as an esteemed session player and award-winning film and television composer, another as an ingenious guitar experimentalist and free-thinking collaborator. There are also some new albums from the ears&eyes label ...

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Ray Russell: Fluid Architecture

Read "Fluid Architecture" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Veteran British guitarist and composer Ray Russell has been active in free jazz, fusion and as a session player. His whole range of experience finds a voice in the opener “Escaping The Six String Cage," as he and synthesist Eric Baldwin explore a wide range of guitar sounds. Slide guitar gives way to lyrical volume pedal ...


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