Ray Russell

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born on 4/4/1947 in Islington, England, United Kingdom

Ray Russell (musician)

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Ray Russell (musician)

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, 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 [1] 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

  • 1968 Turn Circle (CBS)[2][3]
  • 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 (Mokai)
  • 2003 - A Touch of Frost (Universal)
  • 2005 The Composer's Cut (Angel Air)
  • 2006 Goodbye Svengali (Cuneiform)[4]
  • 2007 - Myths & Legends (Strip Sounds)


  1. Ray Russell at the Old Broadcasting House. Leeds Metropolitan University. Retrieved on 2007-11-02.
  2. Ray Russell Quartet - Turn Circle review. The Vortez Jazz Club. Retrieved on 30 December 2009.
  3. Farbey, Roger (20 October 2007). Turn Circle. All About Jazz.com. Retrieved on 30 December 2009.
  4. Bivins, Jason (9 April 2006). Goodbye Svengali review. Dusted Magazine. Retrieved on 30 December 2009.

External links

  • Official website
  • Ray Russell at MySpace
  • Ray Russell at All Music Guide
  • Ray Russell at the Internet Movie Database
  • Made Up Music website
  • EP Music Licensing website
  • BBC Review of Goodbye Svengali
  • Wire magazine (Issue #262, December 2005): Ray Russell track on giveaway CD
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