Ray Russell (musician)

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Ray Russell
Ray Russell - Cinque Ports.jpg
Ray Russell
Playing live July 2004
Background information
Birth name Raymond Russell
Born (1947-04-04) 4 April 1947 (age 71)
Origin Islington, North London, England
Genres Jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1963–present
Labels Cuneiform Records, Angel Air
Associated acts John Barry Seven
Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Rock Workshop
Smith & d'Abo
The British Orchestra
Bill Fay
Website www.rayrussell.co.uk

Raymond 'Ray' Russell (born 4 April 1947) is an English session musician who is primarily a guitarist. He is also renowned as a record producer and composer.

In 1973 he was a member of the band Mouse, who released a progressive rock album entitled Lady Killer for the Sovereign record label.

His TV compositions have included A Touch of Frost, Bergerac, Plain Jane, A Bit of a Do, Rich Tea and Sympathy, The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, Dangerfield and Grafters, as well as many other British and American television programmes.

He also played in the DVD "Simon Phillips Returns" with Simon Phillips and Anthony Jackson.

Along with colleagues Mo Foster and Ralph Salmins, Russell gives musical seminars at UK educational establishments [2] and occasionally other venues around the world.

In 2008 Russell, in collaboration with drummer, Ralph Salmins, and sound engineer Rik Walton, created Made Up Music, a music library that has eschewed the usual methodology of distributing audio CDs to sound studios and production companies. It currently achieves its music distribution partially from its website and partially by distributing portable hard drives to music editors. The company features music written and performed by Russell and several other well-established session players, including Mo Foster, Steve Donnelly and Simon Eyre.

Solo discography[edit]

  • Turn Circle (1968) CBS[3][4]
  • Dragon Hill (1969) CBS
  • Rites & Rituals (1971) CBS
  • Secret Asylum (1973) Black Lion
  • Ready or Not (1977) DJM 2002 reissue Angel Air
  • This Side Up (1989) B&W Records
  • A Table Near The Band (1990) 2008 reissue Angel Air
  • Guitars From Mars (1990) Virgin
  • Why Not Now (1988) [5] 2004 reissue Angel Air
  • Childscape (1990) [Ray Russell Featuring Gil Evans And Mark Isham} a reissued and renamed Why Not Now B&W Records [6]
  • June 11th 1971: Live at the ICA / Retrospective (2000) Mokai
  • A Touch of Frost (2003) Universal
  • The Composer's Cut (2005) Angel Air
  • Goodbye Svengali (2006) Cuneiform Records[7]
  • Myths & Legends (2007) Strip Sounds


  1. ^ Farbey, Roger (March 2003). "Nucleus Live in Bremen". Ian Carr + Nucleus Website. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ray Russell at the Old Broadcasting House". Leeds Metropolitan University. Retrieved 2007-11-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Ray Russell Quartet - Turn Circle review". The Vortez Jazz Club. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Farbey, Roger (20 October 2007). "Turn Circle". All About Jazz.com. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Why Not Now". Discogs. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Childscape". Discogs. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Bivins, Jason (9 April 2006). "Goodbye Svengali review". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 

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