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Spontaneous Event - Live Vol​.​1: 1967​-​69

by The Ray Russell Quartet

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    Sorting out the JIB warehouse last week we found an extra 14 copies of our critically acclaimed debut LP release, The Ray Russell Quartet’s Spontaneous Event, that Ray had signed. The reason they had remained in the warehouse was due to the fact that they all had minor warps, but we’ve now checked them, and they all play fine. Having discussed it with Ray, we’ve decided to offer these final 14 copies with all of the proceeds going to Ray and his wife Sally’s chosen charity - www.warpaws.org - an organisation dedicated to alleviating pain and suffering of animals in hostile environments and areas of civil conflict. We think this is a very worthy cause. These are the ONLY SIGNED COPIES of the album, and there is no other stock beyond this last 14. Due to the fact that they are slight defects, we will not be accepting returns on these copies so be sure you want one before purchasing.

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Bonita 04:01
The Fry & I 04:18


Live is Live!
"You are what you play"

'The experience of live broadcast where you can't try anything before you start is an experience like no other.

Falling in a dream is the nearest analogy.

In these days live was live. Every gig an unrepeatable event. Ron Fry the pianist on some of these tracks passed away far too early. He was ahead of his time in progressive music. This era was a great time for progressive music in the UK. I'm so pleased it has found its way to be released.


Thanks to everyone who made this possible'.

Ray Russell 2020 / February / 28th

An incredible, never-before-released series of live sessions from The Ray Russell Quartet, recorded in London between 1967 and 1969. Featuring one of the earliest known recordings of legendary bassist Dave Holland.

This is an absolutely unmissable set for fans of Ray, British progressive jazz, and jazz in general.


released May 1, 2020

Guitar - Ray Russell
Drums - Alan Rushton
Piano - Roy Fry (1-3, 5-9), Pete Lemer (4)
Bass - Ron Mathewson (1, 4, 6-8) , Dave Holland (2, 3, 5, 9)

All tracks composed by Ray Russell
℗ Vision Music Ltd.

Tracks 1-3, 5-9 from the Ray Russell tape archive
Track 4 from the Ron Mathewson tape archive

Mastered by Ray Russell

Digital transfer by John Thurlow

Produced by Jazz In Britain Ltd.

© Jazz In Britain Ltd. 2020


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The organisation will publish books, release vinyl, CDs and downloads, working in partnership with musicians and their families.
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