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RAY RUSSELL - June 11th 1971: Live at the ICA Fusion
MASAYUKI TAKAYANAGI 高柳昌行 - Free Form Suite Avant-Garde Jazz
MIKE WESTBROOK - Metropolis Progressive Big Band
MIKE WESTBROOK - Citadel/Room 315 Progressive Big Band
DEREK BAILEY - Aida Avant-Garde Jazz
KEITH TIPPETT - Dedicated To You, But You Weren't Listening Avant-Garde Jazz
GRAHAM COLLIER - Midnight Blue Progressive Big Band
GRAHAM COLLIER - Darius Avant-Garde Jazz
BILL BRUFORD - Master Strokes: 1978-1985 Jazz Related Rock
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN - Extrapolation Post Bop
HERBIE HANCOCK - Head Hunters Funk Jazz
ALICE COLTRANE - Journey in Satchidananda Avant-Garde Jazz
MIKE STERN - Play Fusion
SUPERSILENT - 5 Jazz Related Improv/Composition
MARC DUCRET - Le Sens De La Marche Avant-Garde Jazz
KING CRIMSON - Larks' Tongues In Aspic Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of The Crimson King Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - Discipline Jazz Related Rock
KING CRIMSON - THRAK Jazz Related Rock

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Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Avant-Garde Jazz 242 3.85
2 Jazz Related Rock 127 3.83
3 Fusion 88 4.11
4 Eclectic Fusion 59 4.02
5 Jazz Related Improv/Composition 56 3.59
6 Post Bop 25 3.82
7 Progressive Big Band 19 3.71
8 Pop/Art Song/Folk 14 3.36
9 Post-Fusion Contemporary 12 3.88
10 Third Stream 10 3.10
11 21st Century Modern 8 4.19
12 RnB 7 2.57
13 Nu Jazz 5 4.20
14 Dub/Ska/Reggae 5 3.60
15 Cool Jazz 4 3.75
16 Funk Jazz 4 4.13
17 Acid Jazz 4 3.38
18 Vocal Jazz 4 3.75
19 World Fusion 4 4.00
20 Swing 3 3.00
21 Latin Rock/Soul 3 0.50
22 Hard Bop 3 4.33
23 African Fusion 2 4.25
24 Afro-Cuban Jazz 2 3.25
25 Bop 2 3.75
26 Jazz Related Soundtracks 2 2.75
27 Soul Jazz 1 4.00
28 Bossa Nova 1 3.50
29 Blues 1 4.00
30 Exotica 1 4.00

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RAY RUSSELL Now, More Than Ever

Album · 2013 · Fusion
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New album by Ray Russell coming seven years after his last album Goodbye Svengali. This one seems a bit harder hitting particularly in his guitar sound which appears much more direct than the various shades that were applied to the last album in a painterly way. However, there are some great tunes here such as Slow Day that has a great memorable riff. This is not to say that the music is all straightforward or put together in an obvious way as there are some really interesting sounds and textures on this album. At times it feels much more rockier than the previous album which I feel adds to a much more direct approach and the guitar led structures. Ray's guitar playing is as interesting as ever and this has certainly been worth waiting for, let's hope we don't have to wait another seven before the next one!

RAY RUSSELL Goodbye Svengali

Album · 2006 · Fusion
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Goodbye Svengali is Ray's tribute to Gil Evans. Having heard snippetts of this online I had put off getting this in favour of Ray's earlier albums from the sixties and seventies. However, I was totally wrong which became very clear to me when I finally got around to buying it. This is a great jazz album and there is a broad range of colours and textures on this album. None of the music is difficult to listen to although that doesn't mean that it not exciting or adventurous in it's nature. Ray conjures a plethora of sounds and tones from his guitar and even uses some guitar synth textures. The compositions have some memorable themes which develop and recapitulate to give a wholeness to the pieces, whilst the playing throughout the album from all musicians is top notch. Highly recommended.


Album · 1969 · Fusion
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For me this is Ray Russell's masterpiece, an excellent piece of modern jazz with a blend of tonal and more dissonant textures. Ray's playing as always is excellent and is very adventurous within some complex textures and structures. The interplay between the musicians is second to none especially due to the complex nature of the music at times. This is a masterpiece of British Jazz from the late sixties and a brilliant example of the type of music that British jazz musicians were producing from around this time, a very exciting period in the development of jazz in Britain. It may take a few listens but there is so much here to enjoy.

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