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Frank Russell

Frank Russell is a Chicago native and master bass player. He began his musical training at an early age playing drums, guitar and sax before switching to bass guitar at the age of 14. Frank has been playing it ever since, along the way working or recording with such diverse artists as The Spaniels, Dee Clark, Dee Dee Warwick, Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Bobby Irving (Miles Davis), Art Porter, Alphonze Mouzon, Red Holt, Mike Wolf (Arsenio Hall), Peter Erskine (Weather Report), Ken Chaney, Sugar Blue and many others.

Frank has recorded five CD’s with Chicago guitarist, Henry Johnson, whose CDs garnered five star ratings in Down Beat Magazine and received number one status in radio play across the country. Russell co-wrote the title song for Johnson’s second CD, “Future Excursions”. He also recorded a song with Johnson on a CD featuring the music of Earth, Wind & Fire, “Smooth Elements”, which includes such artists as Stanley Turrentine, Larry Coryell, Phil Perry, and Earth, Wind & Fire. He is also listed in a bass instructional book (Funk Bass by Jon Liebman) with some of the top bassists in the field.

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