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John Russell

Born: June 4, 1909    Primary Instrument: Guitar

John Russell

John Russell got his first guitar in 1965 while living in Kent and began to play in and around London from 1971 onwards.

An early involvement with the emerging free improvisation scene (from 1972) followed, seeing him play in such places as The Little Theatre Club, Ronnie Scott’s, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Musicians’ Co-Op and the London Musicians’ Collective.

From 1974 his work extended into teaching, broadcasts (radio and television) and touring in the United Kingdom and, ever extensively, in other countries around the world . He has played with many of the world’s leading improvisers and his work can be heard on over 50 CDs....
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  • 1974/5, ‘Teatime’ Incus 15 with Garry Todd / Dave Solomon / Nigel Coombes / Steve Beresford
  • 1978, ‘Home Cooking’ Incus 31 Solo LP shared with Richard Coldman
  • 1979, ‘Artless Sky’ CAW 001 with Toshinori Kondo and Roger Turner
  • 1980, ‘Forward of Short Leg’ Dossier ST 7529. With various Jon Rose groups.
  • 1980 ‘Requiem’ Impetus IMP LP 18405 Quiet Violence with Junja Kawasaki and Gillian McGregor
  • 1980 ‘Vario II’ Moers Music 01084 with Gunter Christmann / Maarten Altena / Paul Lovens / Maggie Nicols
  • 1981 ‘The Fairly Young Bean’ Emanem 4036 With Maarten Altena and Terry Day
  • 1983/1985 ‘Vario’ Moers Music 02048 leader Gunter Christmann
  • 1987 ‘Conceits’ Acta 1 with John Butcher and Phil Durrant
  • 1988 ‘Wild Pathway Favourites’ Ladder rung002 with the Martin Archer group and Nick Evans
  • 1989 ‘News from the Shed’ Acta 4 with John Butcher / Phil Durrant / Paul Lovens and Radu Malfatti
  • 1989 ‘News from the Shed’ Emanem 4121 Re-issue of Acta 4 with additional material
  • 1990 ‘Cultural Baggage’ Acta 5 with the Chris Burn Ensemble
  • 1991 ‘The Place 1991’ Emanem 4056 with the Chris Burn Ensemble.
  • 1991/1992 ‘Concert Moves’ Random Acoustics RA 011 with John Butcher and Phil Durrant
  • 1992 ‘Ohrkiste’ ITM Classics 950013 led by Radu Malfatti
  • 1994 ‘Strakt’ Discus 5CD Brief solo track on Network CD.
  • 1996, ‘Birthdays’ Emanem 4010 Duo with Roger Turner
  • 1996 ‘London Air Lift’ FMP CD89 with Evan Parker / John Edwards / Mark Sanders
  • 1997 ‘Navigations’ Acta 12 with the Chris Burn Ensemble
  • 1997 ‘Interplay’ FMR CD39 V0697 Hugh Davies in trio with Russell/Turner.
  • 1997 ‘Improvisation: exhibit ‘A’ Avant BGS sampler. Solo track on cover CD of Avant, no. 3.
  • 1997/8 ‘Strings with Evan Parker’ Emanem 4302.
  • 1998 ‘The Scenic Route’ Emanem 4029 with John Butcher and Phil Durrant
  • 1998, ‘Refrain’ MS 41 with Mario Schiano / Sylvia Hallett / Roger Turner / Penazzi
  • 1998, ‘The Duo Recordings’ The Field Recordings 7, FR7. Duo with Luc Houtkamp.
  • 2000 ‘Excerpts & Offerings’ Acta 14 duo with Stefan Keune
  • 2000 ‘The All Angels Concerts’ Emanem 4209 Solo on compilation 2-CD.
  • 2001 ‘The Second Sky’ Emanem 4058. duo with Roger Turner
  • 2001 ‘Deluxe improvisation series vol. 2’ ASE_03/Deluxe improvisation series vol. 2. Quartet track with Stefan Keune on compilation CD
  • 2001 ‘Freedom of the City 2001: large groups’ Emanem 4206 Strings with/without Evan Parker.
  • 2001 ‘Freedom of the City 2001: small groups’ Emanem 4205
  • 2001 ‘Horizontals White’ Emanem 4080 with the Chris Burn Ensemble
  • 2001 ‘Grain’ DotDotDot Music 003 Short track on compilation CD.
  • 2001/02 ‘From Next to Last’ Emanem 4071 Solo
  • 2002 ‘Sangeraku’ May 2nd Creative in Hodogaya volume 2 with Shu Oyama / Kemmy Nishioka / Sabu Toyozumi / Osamu Nomura
  • 2002 ‘Freedom of the City 2002: small groups’ Emanem 4210 duo with Evan Parker on compilation CD.
  • 2002 ‘Frequency of Use’ NURNICHTNUR BERSLTON 102 12 31 duo with Stefan Keune
  • 2002 ‘Mopomoso solos 2002’ Emanem 4100 with Chris Burn / Lol Coxhill / John Edwards / Phil Minton
  • 2003 ‘Freedom of the City 2003: small groups’ Emanem 4212
  • 2003 ‘Three Planets’ Emanem 4106 Ute Völker / Matthieu Werchowski
  • 2004 ‘Freedom of the City 2004: small groups’ Emanem 4214
  • 2004 & 2006 ‘Analekta’ Emanem 413 various groups
  • 2005 ‘Crossing the River’ psi 06.02. Evan Parker Octet
  • 2005 ‘More Together than Alone’ Emanem 4136 Lol Coxhill
  • 2005/6 ‘The Mercelis Concert’ Inaudible CD 006 with Jean Demey / Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg
  • 2006, 2006 ‘Duos’ Emanem 4137 Terry Day
  • 2006 ‘Vario-44’ Edition Explico 15 with John Butcher / Roger Turner / Thomas Lehn / Dorothea Schürch / Günter Christmann
  • 2008 ‘House Full of Floors’ Tzadik Key Series 6732 with Evan Parker / John Edwards/Aleks Kolkowski
  • 2009 ‘No Room for Doubt’ Amirani Records with Gianni Mimmo / Angelo Contini / Jean Michel van Schouwburg / Andreas Serrapiglio plus Paolo Falascone
  • 2009 ‘Duet’ Another Timbre at27 duo Martine Altenberger
  • 2010 ‘Hyste’ Psi 10.06 solo guitar
  • 2010 ‘The Cigar That Talks’ Collection PiedNu PN0110 with Michel Doneda / Roger Turner
  • 2010 ‘Teatime’ Emanem 5009 Re-issue of Incus 15 with extra track from 1973.
  • 2011 ‘Translations’ Emanem 5019 Duo with guitarist Pascal Marzan
  • 2012 ‘Birds’ dEN Records 008 Trio with Mats Gustafsson and Raymond Strid
  • 2012 ‘Kosai Yujyo’ Inaudible 008 One octet track on Sabu Toyozumi 2 CD set
  • 2012 ‘Home’ Peira 15 Duos with Fred Lonberg Holm
  • 2013 ‘Trio Blurb’ Extraplatte EX 821-2 Trio with Maggie Nicols and Mia Zabelka

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