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Ray Russell

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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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Article: Album Review

John Taylor Sextet: Fragment

Read "Fragment" reviewed by Chris May


The not-for-profit Jazz In Britain label is one of the unsung heroes of British jazz. And if it is being sung, apologies, it deserves to be sung louder. While it is fitting that the musicians who make up London's new alternative jazz scene receive a massive shout out, the players who came before them, who paved ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More

Read "Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is an extremely varied selection of music ranging from spiritual blasts by Shabaka Hutchings and Franklin Kiermyer to sax mastery by Warne Marsh and Tony Malaby and torchy vocals from Dinah Washington and Helen Merrill. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Eclectic music from Hungarian band Djabe and Intense fusion from Bob Berg and Mike Stern

Read "Eclectic music from Hungarian band Djabe and Intense fusion from Bob Berg and Mike Stern" reviewed by Len Davis


Eclectic music from Hungarian band Djabe, the late Victor Bailey with Lenny White with Drum & Bass. Plus Ray Russell, the late Bob Berg and Mike Stern.Playlist Djabe"Free Fallin'" from Flow (GR1913) 00:00 Coryell -Bailey-White “Drum & Bass" from Traffic (Chesky) 07:11 MSM Schmidt"ESP" from Evolution (Laika) 14:17 Ray Russell “The Island" from Now ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Jazz in Britain: The Back Story

Read "Jazz in Britain: The Back Story" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz In Britain is a not-for-profit label that curates and releases previously unissued studio, performance and broadcast recordings made in the mid-1960s and '70s by the movers and shakers of the contemporary British jazz scene—proving along the way that the radical new wave jazz emanating from London in 2021 comes from a distinguished lineage.

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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.

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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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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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