Charles Arthur Russell, Jr.
Profile of the performer 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 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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Choose albums of full discography of Arthur Russell
|#||Release cover||Release title||Tracks amount||Download release in mp3?||Official release date||Label of release|
|1||Let's Go Swimming||3||mp3||1986||Rough Trade|
|2||World Of Echo||14||mp3||1987-00-00||Rough Trade|
|3||In The Light Of The Miracle / New York City||2||mp3||2003-00-00||NYC|
|4||The World Of Arthur Russell||12||mp3||2004-01-00||Soul Jazz Records|
|5||The World Of Arthur Russell||11||mp3||2004||Soul Jazz Records|
|6||Calling Out Of Context||12||mp3||2004-02-16||Rough Trade|
|7||Calling Out Of Context||12||mp3||2004-02-00||Audika|
|8||Calling Out Of Context||12||mp3||2004-03-00||Audika|
|9||Calling Out Of Context - Album Sampler EP||4||mp3||2004-03-15||Rough Trade|
|10||Instrumentals, 1974 - Vol. 2||3||mp3||1984-04-00||Another Side|
|11||Another Thought||15||mp3||1994||Point Music|
|12||World Of Echo||20||mp3||2004-11-00||Audika|
|13||Let's Go Swimming||3||mp3||1986||Logarhythm|
|14||World Of Echo||18||mp3||2005-01-11||Audika|
|15||World Of Echo||18||mp3||2005||Audika|
|16||World Of Echo||20||mp3||2005-01-00||Rough Trade|
|17||Another Thought (Radio Edits)||4||mp3||1994||Point Music|
|18||First Thought Best Thought||24||mp3||2006-04-03||Rough Trade|
|19||First Thought Best Thought||24||mp3||2006-04-04||Audika|
|22||World Of Echo||14||mp3||1986||Upside Records|
|23||In The Light Of The Miracle||3||mp3||Not On Label|
|24||Let's Go Swimming||4||mp3||2005-01-11||Audika|
|25||Love Is Overtaking Me||21||mp3||2008-10-27||Rough Trade|
|26||Love Is Overtaking Me||21||mp3||2008-10-28||Audika|
|27||Let's Go Swimming||3||mp3||1986||Logarhythm|
|28||The Sleeping Bag Sessions||10||mp3||2009-03-00||Traffic Entertainment Group|
|29||The Sleeping Bag Sessions||10||mp3||2009-03-00|
|30||The World Of Arthur Russell||11||mp3||2009||Soul Jazz Records|
|31||World Of Echo||18||mp3||2005-01-09||Rough Trade|
|32||Is It All Over My Face||4||mp3||2009-05-00|
|33||Love Is Overtaking Me||21||mp3||2008-10-27||Rough Trade|
|34||Tower Of Meaning||7||mp3||1983||Chatham Square Productions|
|35||Love Is Overtaking Me||21||mp3||2009||Rough Trade|
|36||Calling Out Of Context||12||mp3||2010-04-17||Rough Trade|
|37||Calling Out Of Context||12||mp3||2004||Rough Trade|
|38||Let's Go Swimming||3||mp3||2003||Not On Label|
|39||Another Thought||15||mp3||1994||Point Music|
|40||Ballad Of The Lights||2||mp3||2010-10-19||Audika|