Last Call Review: Frank Russell/Influences/Independent Release

Jun 9, 2018

A new release by veteran Chicago bass guitarist Frank Russell is a delight from start to finish.  Influences feature a number of excellent covers of familiar signature songs of celebrated bassists, including  Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Darryl Jones and others.

Highlights of the disc include knockout performances of "Decoy", "Actual Proof", "Tutu" and "Bright Size Life". There are also a number of originals from Russell that do not dissapoint.  

Frank Russell, bassist is joined by Wallace Roney(trumpet),Henry Johnson(guitar),Dee Alexander(vocalist) and Miles Davis’ keyboardist and musical director, Robert Irving III with Russell's own band of Tim McNamara (saxophone and flute), Charles Heath (drums), Vijay Tellis-Nayak (keys) and Marco Villarreal (guitar) also, Chicago’s own renown musicians; Khari Parker and Makaya McCraven (drums) and Greg Spero (keys).

Chicago native Frank Russell has worked with such diverse artists as; Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Wallace Roney, Darryl Jones, Alphonse Mouzon, Henry Johnson, Robert Irving III, Willie Pickens, Ari Brown and many others. With Chicago guitarist Henry Johnson Russell recorded five CDs.

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