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Ray Russell

Ray Russell
Playing live July 2004
Background information
Birth name Ray Russell
Born 1948
Origin London, England
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician, composer, producer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1963–present
Labels Cuneiform, Angel Air
Associated acts John Barry Seven

Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Rock Workshop
Smith & d'Abo
The British Orchestra
Bill Fay

Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster

Ray Russell (b.1948 in London) is an English session musician who is primarily a guitarist. He is also world-renowned as a music producer, composer and session musician.

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

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 which has espoused 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 such as Mo Foster, Steve Donnelly, Simon Eyre.

Solo discography

  • 1968 – Turn Circle (CBS)[3][4]
  • 1969 – Dragon Hill (CBS)
  • 1971 – June 11th 1971: Live at the ICA (RCA)
  • 1971 – Rites & Rituals (CBS)
  • 1973 – Secret Asylum (Black Lion)
  • 1977 – Ready or Not (DJM, 2002 reissue, Angel Air)
  • 1989 - This Side Up (B&W Records)
  • 1990 - A Table Near The Band (2008 reissue, Angel Air)
  • 1990 - Guitars From Mars (Virgin)
  • 1994 – Childscape (B&W/Theta)
  • 1999 – Why Not Now (a reissued and renamed Childscape)(2004, Angel Air)
  • 2000 – Live at the ICA: Retrospective (RCA)
  • 2003 - A Touch of Frost (Universal)
  • 2005 – The Composer's Cut (Angel Air)
  • 2006 – Goodbye Svengali (Cuneiform)[5]
  • 2007 - Myths & Legends (Strip Sounds)


  1. ^ Farbey, Roger (March 2003). "Nucleus Live in Bremen". Ian Carr + Nucleus Website. Retrieved 30 December 2009.  
  2. ^ "Ray Russell at the Old Broadcasting House". Leeds Metropolitan University. Retrieved 2007-11-02.  
  3. ^ "Ray Russell Quartet - Turn Circle review". The Vortez Jazz Club. Retrieved 30 December 2009.  
  4. ^ Farbey, Roger (20 October 2007). "Turn Circle". All About Retrieved 30 December 2009.  
  5. ^ Bivins, Jason (9 April 2006). "Goodby Svengali review". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved 30 December 2009.  

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