Chicago native Frank Russell has been playing bass since age 14. As a recording and touring bassist Frank has worked with such diverse artists as; Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Wallace Roney, Darryl Jones, Alphonse Mouzon, Henry Johnson, Robert Irving III, Willie Pickens, Ari Brown and many others. As a leader, Frank recently completed his third recording project – Influences. The album features some of the most iconic recordings by Frank’s bass heros, re-arranged and revitalized with a fresh new sonic treatment including; Stanley Clarke’s Quiet Afternoon, Herbie Hancock‘s Actual Proof and Pat Metheny’s Bright Size Life. Closing the recording is the title track, written and narrated by Frank Russell taking on the styles of these bassist. The recording features some world renowned musicians including; Wallace Roney – trumpet, Henry Johnson – guitar, vocalist – Dee Alexander and Miles Davis’ keyboardist and musical director – Robert Irving III.