Frank Russell | Influences: A Tribute to Bass Guitar in Jazz

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Influences: A Tribute to Bass Guitar in Jazz

by Frank Russell

A heartfelt tribute to bass guitar icons in jazz in a melodic tapestry of groove and musicality!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Decoy (feat. Robert Irving III, Wallace Roney, Henry Johnson & Makaya Mccraven)
8:53 $0.99
2. Affirmation (feat. Khari Parker & Vijay Tellis-Nayak)
6:26 $0.99
3. Actual Proof (feat. Wallace Roney, Henry Johnson, Khari Parker & Greg Spero)
7:30 $0.99
4. Rosalind's Dreams (Intro)
1:18 $0.99
5. Rosalind's Dreams (feat. Vijay Tellis-Nayak & Charles Rick Heath)
6:49 $0.99
6. Tutu (feat. Robert Irving III, Wallace Roney, Henry Johnson, Dee Alexander & Makaya Mccraven)
6:26 $0.99
7. Ladysmith Sing of Joy (feat. Dee Alexander)
2:04 $0.99
8. Bright Size Life (feat. Greg Spero, Tim McNamara & Khari Parker)
6:37 $0.99
9. Quiet Afternoon (feat. Khari Parker & Tim McNamara)
5:08 $0.99
10. Perpetual (feat. Marco Villarreal, Vijay Tellis-Nayak & Charles Rick Heath)
6:44 $0.99
11. Hills (feat. Greg Spero & Makaya Mccraven)
5:24 $0.99
12. Shelvy Meets Lillie (feat. Greg Spero, Tim McNamara & Marco Villarreal)
5:38 $0.99
13. Influences (feat. Greg Spero & Marco Villarreal)
5:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Six years after his critically acclaimed CD, “Circle Without End” was released, this acclaimed bassist is releasing his third project as a leader on the Sonic Portraits label. The album titled, “Influences (A Tribute To Bass Guitar In Jazz),” is a study of Frank’s bass guitar heroes in jazz over many decades of learning and playing. The project features many internationally acclaimed musicians from trumpeter, Wallace Roney, guitarist, Henry Johnson, vocalist, Dee Alexander, keyboardist, Robert Irving III, Khari Parker (George Benson drummer) and many others. Frank and his co-producer, Vijay Tellis-Nayak along with former Miles Davis musical director and keyboardist, Robert Irving III and keyboard wiz, Greg Spero, have taken iconic songs from bassists such as Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Darryl Jones and others and presented takes on these songs.

This project is a labor of love to Frank’s bass guitar influences in jazz. Rolling Stones bassist, Darryl Jones (who penned the liner notes of this CD) writes, "The music on the record is filled with creativity and chance taking. All traits that Frank and my favorite bass heroes displayed in their playing and on their recordings. I hope you'll enjoy this journey through Frank’s “Influences” as much as I do.”

Record Executive / Producer / Bassist, Kent Anderson writes "Influences” is one of the best recordings to emanate out of Chicago in recent years, and proves Frank Russell is indeed one of the greatest bassists not only in the city of Chicago, but in the world."



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Tamara Washington

Under the Influence
My fascination with the distinctive sound of the bass guitar started with James Jamerson when I was around 6 years old. As I grew older, I found myself enthralled with the amazing talents of Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Louis Johnson, Larry Graham, John Paul Jones, to name a few. I'm very particular when it comes to music, sometimes I'm not easy to impress. However, a recent visit to a friend's house, opened my mind, ears and heart to new beginnings. We were sitting in his den, listening to some sounds and the most AMAZING version of Stanley's Quiet Afternoon was playing. Who is THAT I asked. He says that's Frank Russell's latest. At the time I had no clue who Frank Russell was. I did some YouTube research and I must say that I truly dig this dude!! His latest CD, Influences is his way of paying homage to those bassists who have influenced him, including some of the aforementioned. This was truly one of the best purchases that I've made in a long time.
If you like will love Frank Russell. Very impressive liner notes written by the great Darryl Jones of The Rolling Stones.