Arthur Russell

Charles Arthur Russell, Jr.

Also known as A Russell, A. Russel, A. Russell, Arthur Russel, C.Russell, Charles Arthur Russell, Charles Arthur Russell Jr., Charles Russell, Russell

Short biography of Arthur Russell: American cellist, artist, and composer.

Born: 21 May 1951 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, USA.
Died: 4 April 1992 in NYC, New York, USA (aged 40).

Born Charles Arthur Russell in 1952 and raised in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he later studied the cello and began to write his own music. In the early 1970s, he moved to California and studied Indian music at the Ali Akbar Khan School in San Francisco. He met [a=Allen Ginsberg], with whom he began to work, accompanying him on the cello while Allen sang or read his poetry.

In the mid 1970s, Arthur Russell moved to New York. (...) He contributed to The Flying Hearts in studio work and, occasionally, in performance with David Byrne, Rhys Chatham, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon, Jerry Harrison, Garret List, Andy Paley, Leni Pickett and Peter Zummo. From 1975 to 1979 this ensemble, together with Glenn Iamaro, Bill Ruyle and Jon Sholle, performed and recorded the orchestral composition of Instrumentals (Disques du Crepescule, 1984, Belgium).

In 1979, Arthur wrote and produced "Kiss Me Again", under the name Dinosaur. It was the first disco single to be released by Sire Records, and the first of many of Arthur's' innovative dance tunes. This was followed by "Is It All Over My Face" by Loose Joints, released in 1980. In 1982, Arthur Russell and William Socolov founded Sleeping Bag records and their first release was his "24-24 Music". The number "Go Bang", which originated from this album, was remixed as a 12" single by Francois Kevorkian.

In 1983, the album "Tower Of Meaning" (Chatham Square) was released. This compelling and meditative recording, conducted by Julius Eastman, represents just a fragment of a much larger composition, which includes voices along with its instrumentation.

At the same time, Arthur continued to release dance singles such as "Tell You Today" (4th And Broadway, 1983) an upbeat dance groove featuring the vocals of Joyce Bowden. Additional dance tunes included "Wax The Van" (Jump Street, 1985) with vocals by Lola Blank, wife of notorious Bob, "Treehouse/Schoolbell" (Sleeping Bag, 1986) and "Let's Go Swimming" (Upside/Rough Trade, 1986).

During the mid 1980s, Arthur Russell gave many performances, either accompanying himself on cello with a myriad of effects, or working with a small ensemble consisting of Mustafa Ahmed, Steven Hall, Elodie Lauten and Peter Zummo.

1986 saw the release of "World Of Echo" (Upside/Rough Trade, 1986), which incorporated many of his ideas for pop, dance and classical music for both solo and cello format. This critically acclaimed album was included in Melody Maker's "Top Thirty Releases of 1986".

Arthur also collaborated with a number of choreographers, including John Bernd, Diane Madden, Alison Salzinger and Stephanie Woodard.

When Arthur Russell died of AIDS on April 4, 1992, at the age of 40, the obituary for in the Village Voice wrote: "his songs were so personal that it seems as though he simply vanished into his music."

In 2008, Matt Wolf released a documentary of Russell called "[url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1168662/]Wild Combination: A Portrait Of Arthur Russell[/url]".

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  5. http://www.myspace.com/anotherthought
  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Russell_(musician)
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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 Arthur Russell - Let's Go Swimming Let's Go Swimming 3
mp3, CD
1986 Rough Trade
2 Arthur Russell - World Of Echo World Of Echo 14
mp3, CD
1987-00-00 Rough Trade
3 Arthur Russell - In The Light Of The Miracle / New York City In The Light Of The Miracle / New York City 2
mp3, CD
2003-00-00 NYC
4 Arthur Russell - The World Of Arthur Russell The World Of Arthur Russell 12
mp3, CD
2004-01-00 Soul Jazz Records
5 Arthur Russell - The World Of Arthur Russell The World Of Arthur Russell 11
mp3, CD
2004 Soul Jazz Records
6 Arthur Russell - Calling Out Of Context Calling Out Of Context 12
mp3, CD
2004-02-16 Rough Trade
7 Arthur Russell - Calling Out Of Context Calling Out Of Context 12
mp3, CD
2004-02-00 Audika
8 Arthur Russell - Calling Out Of Context Calling Out Of Context 12
mp3, CD
2004-03-00 Audika
9 Arthur Russell - Calling Out Of Context - Album Sampler EP Calling Out Of Context - Album Sampler EP 4
mp3, CD
2004-03-15 Rough Trade
10 Arthur Russell - Instrumentals, 1974 - Vol. 2 Instrumentals, 1974 - Vol. 2 3
mp3, CD
1984-04-00 Another Side
11 Arthur Russell - Another Thought Another Thought 15
mp3, CD
1994 Point Music
12 Arthur Russell - World Of Echo World Of Echo 20
mp3, CD
2004-11-00 Audika
13 Arthur Russell - Let's Go Swimming Let's Go Swimming 3
mp3, CD
1986 Logarhythm
14 Arthur Russell - World Of Echo World Of Echo 18
mp3, CD
2005-01-11 Audika
15 Arthur Russell - World Of Echo World Of Echo 18
mp3, CD
2005 Audika
16 Arthur Russell - World Of Echo World Of Echo 20
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2005-01-00 Rough Trade
17 Arthur Russell - Another Thought (Radio Edits) Another Thought (Radio Edits) 4
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1994 Point Music
18 Arthur Russell - First Thought Best Thought First Thought Best Thought 24
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2006-04-03 Rough Trade
19 Arthur Russell - First Thought Best Thought First Thought Best Thought 24
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2006-04-04 Audika
20 Arthur Russell - Springfield Springfield 7
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2006-09-00 Audika
21 Arthur Russell - Springfield Springfield 6
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2006-09-00 Audika
22 Arthur Russell - World Of Echo World Of Echo 14
mp3, CD
1986 Upside Records
23 Arthur Russell - In The Light Of The Miracle In The Light Of The Miracle 3
mp3, CD
Not On Label
24 Arthur Russell - Let's Go Swimming Let's Go Swimming 4
mp3, CD
2005-01-11 Audika
25 Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me Love Is Overtaking Me 21
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2008-10-27 Rough Trade
26 Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me Love Is Overtaking Me 21
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2008-10-28 Audika
27 Arthur Russell - Let's Go Swimming Let's Go Swimming 3
mp3, CD
1986 Logarhythm
28 Arthur Russell - The Sleeping Bag Sessions The Sleeping Bag Sessions 10
mp3, CD
2009-03-00 Traffic Entertainment Group
29 Arthur Russell - The Sleeping Bag Sessions The Sleeping Bag Sessions 10
mp3, CD
2009-03-00
30 Arthur Russell - The World Of Arthur Russell The World Of Arthur Russell 11
mp3, CD
2009 Soul Jazz Records
31 Arthur Russell - World Of Echo World Of Echo 18
mp3, CD
2005-01-09 Rough Trade
32 Arthur Russell - Is It All Over My Face Is It All Over My Face 4
mp3, CD
2009-05-00
33 Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me Love Is Overtaking Me 21
mp3, CD
2008-10-27 Rough Trade
34 Arthur Russell - Tower Of Meaning Tower Of Meaning 7
mp3, CD
1983 Chatham Square Productions
35 Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me Love Is Overtaking Me 21
mp3, CD
2009 Rough Trade

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