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Following his highly critically acclaimed 2013 album ’Love Aspects,’ the appearance by British soul singer Russell Oliver Stone and his fabulous 9-piece band, coincides with his next release ‘Groove Aspects’ - an album stuffed full of wonderful, original songs, featuring the cream of UK musicians. A real treat for all Jazz/Soul fans.
In 1976, Russell Stone and his wife Joanna, known as ‘R&J Stone’, had a worldwide hit with their infectious self-penned song “We Do It‟. But tragedy struck just two years later when Joanna, aged 37, died of a brain tumour and Russell, overwhelmed with grief and unable to cope, found solace in drinking which was to eventually devastate his music career – until recently that is.
Having worked with legendary producers such as Georgio Moroder and Henry Mancini, Stone’s credentials were second to none. Widely respected within the music industry he was still able to earn a living, after the death of his wife, as a backing singer for Marvin Gaye and Tony Bennett, amongst others, and worked on numerous TV and radio commercials. But in 1983, with Stone now struggling with alcohol dependency, Tommy LiPuma, one of the world’s biggest producers at the time, set about negotiating a solo record deal for Stone with Warner Bros in America. Stone flew out to Los Angeles to begin negotiations with the label’s executives, but it quickly became clear to them that he was out of control and the deal collapsed. The collapse of this deal, plus the complete collapse of any career he once had, triggered Stone’s worst phase of drinking.
Thankfully, in 1992 Russell Oliver Stone finally attended a rehab clinic and his life began to get back on track. He studied, earned himself an MA in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling, and now runs a private practice helping people with a broad range of emotional psychological issues.
The catalyst for Stone’s new album “Love Aspects‟ occurred in 2012, when he was approached by Chris Adams of Lynx Music about releasing the R&J Stone back catalogue on CD for the first time. Stone said, “I was delighted to do so, but it really got my brain buzzing. I had a bunch of songs I’d written since the 80s and had the itch to finally record them.”
Stone then approached the highly respected bassist Marcus Cliffe (Mark Knopfler, Paul Young, Al Green, Emilou Harris, The Notting Hillbillies) to co-produce his new album – his first for 36 years. The results were worth the wait!
This show is part of the Festival of Chichester 2014