Ready Or Not
Why Not Now
The Composer's Cut
A Table Near The Band
"Ready Or Not" (SJPCD155)
It is a remarkably good piece of work. It's definitely rock but with a very soulful and funky edge...The mixture of original material and covers is just about right...all in all this is a fine album well worth further investigation
Steve Ward, Classic Rock Society (March 2004)
...a dynamite set whose contents wander through a clutch of tight Russell originals, and onto visionary covers of The Clapping Song and Stevie Wonders Living For The City. Five bonus tracks, meanwhile, include two distinctly alternate versions of The Clapping Song, and a terrific "groove mix of the albums Sweet Surrender.
Jo-Anne Greene, Goldmine (March 2004)
It is very much an album of its time, with jazz rubbing shoulders with orchestration...there are times...where Ray shows himself in an extremely positive light...
Feedback (June 2004)
If you are looking for some nice guitar, then look no further...Ray's guitaring is a pleasure to listen to...there are 24 musicians in all contributing to this splendid music...Music to time travel to!
Zaphod, Modern Dance (August 2004)
"Why Not Now" (SJPCD163)
A gentle album, one that could almost be dismissed as being 'New Age', but that would be unfair as there is some beautiful music on here...
Feedback (November 2004)
...arranged with meticulous attention to texture and featuring exquisite playing from musicians of the calibre of former Miles Davis aranger/keyboard player Gil Evans.
Classic Rock Society (November
It's too intrusive and insistent to be ambient; too ethereal to be considered fusion by its more traditional definition; and too structured to be jazz...Why Not Now rests comfortably on the edge of all...Angel Air's series of Russell reissues is a welcome effort which, if there's any justice, ought to bring his name to broader visibility.
John Kelman All
About Jazz (January 2005)
...comprises mood pieces, arranged with meticulous attention to texture and eaturing exquisite playing from musicians of the calibre of former Miles Davis arranger/keyboard player Gil Evans, Van Morrison's trumpeter Mark isham, Grease Band keyboard player Tommy Eyre and Jeff Beck drummer Simon Phillips.
Blues in Britain (November 2004)
There are some busy synth harmonies and Russell's guitar is restrained, adding colour and texture rather than in-your-face pyrotechnics.
'Pour Me A Fish' sums up this approach with its sweeping synth harmonies and reflective guitar melody topped with breathy panpipe synth. Lovely.
'Blue Shoes - No Dance' and 'Lunday Island' pits Russell's plaintive acoustic against Hymas piano/synth whilst 'The Pan Piper' is more of an impressionistic piece. Four bonus tracks complete the proceedings, with 'Snow (A Passing Phase) recalling Jeff Beck in his 'Blow By Blow' period.
Altogether this is an album that will repay your attention. It will be worth checking those guitar polls in future, or even influencing them if you can. Russell deserves a slot.
David Randall www.getreadytorock.com
Composer's Cut' (SJPCD214)
Joe Geesin, www.getreadytorock.com (April 2006)
tracks, the majority of which combines classical music and jazz influences
into subtle, gentle movements; one is plainly witty ("A Bit of a Do"); and
a few others, such as the bluesy "The Blue Room," provide a wider glance
into Russell's all-around musical territories.
There are 21 different pieces here...show the diversity of his work
Feedback (July 2006)
Take a trip down memory lane with this collection of TV themes that have all been blessed with the magical musical touch of Ray Russell.
Hartlepool Mail (July 2006)
'A Table Near The Band' (SJPCD258)
…contains many of the trademarks that have made him a leading figure on
the jazz rock scene.
musicianship is as high calibre as one would expect, and the pieces
shifting moods and styles keep listeners' attention riveted. A thoroughly
album is, well amazing to be honest, the last jazz album that made such an
impression on me was Allan Holdsworth 'Sand'.