Guitarist Ray Russell may be the most successful member of the final lineup of the John Barry Seven, having gone on to a highly regarded career in jazz and rock. Primarily known as a virtuoso jazz guitarist, Russell is a prolific composer, arranger, and producer in several genres. At 15, he began his tenure with Barry and played on seven James Bond soundtracks from 1965's Thunderball to 1983's Octopussy. His solo career began with 1968's Turn Circle, which quickly established him as a jazz guitarist, while 1971's Rites and Rituals crossed over into vanguard electric jazz. An in-demand sideman, Russell played on dozens of '70s albums for artists ranging from Bill Fay to Julio Iglesias. Throughout, he composed, arranged, produced, and played on sound library recordings. According to his website, Russell has amassed more than 10,000 credits ...
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