Woody Russell

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Critically acclaimed, award winning, Contemporary Jazz vocalist, guitarist and composer, Woody Russell, melds Jazz, R&B and Folk in to his sophisticated, genre-blurring sound.

Russell’s very fine delivery as a vocalist: equal parts crooner and soul-shouter. There can be no doubt that he possesses a mastery of his vocal instrument which conveys an emotional sincerity with each phrase, each lyrical turn. He navigates the sound of his words with a rhythmic precision and melodic expression akin to jazz improvisation. Comparisons to Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling and flourishes of Van Morrison abound. Then there’s his guitar playing, which Blues Revue likened to “the fearlessness of Jeff Beck”.