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Woody Russell

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Critically acclaimed, award winning, Contemporary Jazz vocalist, guitarist and composer, Woody Russell, melds Jazz, R&B and Folk in to his sophisticated genre-blurring sound.
It's a specialized musical niche that only a handful of artists have occupied where Jazz meets Singer-Songwriter (think Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Liz Wright, etc). One could look back to the origins of the American Songbook and select 70's era singer-songwriters, but Russell's view is decidedly more contemporary. Comparisons to Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling and flourishes of Van Morrison abound. Then there’s his guitar playing, which Blues Revue likened to “the fearlessness of Jeff Beck”.
He has released a body of recorded work that spans from the early acoustic Folk infused songwriter fare of his first album, …As Simple As That (1996) to the highly praised Blues/Soul release of Up Against It (2010) and the stunning instrumental/orchestral collection, Big Sky (2012). The following year he offered the Pop-Jazz shades of Delicious Days (2013). Russell’s most recent full length album, Carry It Up (2016), further explores his amalgam of Jazz-meets-R&B and Soul, offering an uplifting, thought provoking listen replete with intimate narratives. It's occasionally romantic, often reflective, even sentimental, but balanced by his examination of a broader social consciousness on several tracks.
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