Jeff Russo - film and TV composer

Jeff Russo: Star Trek Discovery (Season 2) - TV score album cover Over the span of just 6 years, Jeff Russo has risen from relative obscurity to be one of the leading composers in television. He began his career in the 1990s as a founding member of the rock band Tonic. The group achieved success in 2003 when their third album Head on Straight received two Grammy nominations — one for Best Rock Album, and the other, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, for the song "Take Me As I Am." His work with the band provided him with the necessary experience in order to branch out and start a solo career composing and producing.

More known for his TV credits than his films, Russo's recent film work includes Peter Berg's Mile 22 (2018) starring Mark Wahlberg and the drama Lucy in the Sky (2019) starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm, directed by Noah Hawley. Russo won an Emmy and received two additional nominations for his thrilling work on FX's ongoing black comedy drama anthology series Fargo (2014-present). He followed that up with the miniseries Tut (2015) starring Avan Jogia and Ben Kingsley, based on the life of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Jeff Russo: Fargo (Year Two) - TV score album cover Russo's work achieved new heights of expression on the science fiction thriller series Legion (2017-2019). Favoring more electronically produced sounds as opposed to the traditional orchestra, Russo deftly crafted off-putting and genuinely chilling music to follow the shows surrealistic story-telling style.

Currently, Russo is engaged as the composer for CBS' new incarnation of the beloved Star Trek franchise. Beginning in 2017, he scored the first season, and subsequently the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. In 2020, Russo also scored the critically acclaimed series Star Trek: Picard which saw the return of Patrick Stewart in the role of Jean-Luc Picard. Returning to an orchestral palette, Russo robustly combines electronics and acoustic instruments alike, producing a unique sound that, at the same time adheres to the Trek musical lineage, as well as making it his own. The nostalgic callbacks to Alexander Courage's "Star Trek Fanfare" and Jerry Goldsmith's "Star Trek March" are smartly handled. As of this writing, Russo is penning the music for Star Trek: Discovery's third and final season, due to be released in late 2020.

Film Music by Jeff Russo:

    Jeff Russo: Lucy in the Sky - film score album cover
  • About Cherry
  • Bad Behaviour
  • Free Ride
  • Watercolor Postcards
  • The Surface
  • Chloe & Theo
  • Hondros
  • Submission
  • Three Christs
  • The Human Element
  • Mile 22
  • Lizzie
  • Lucy in the Sky

TV Music by Jeff Russo:

    Jeff Russo: Altered Carbon - TV score album cover
  • The Unusuals
  • Necessary Roughness
  • Hostages
  • The Returned
  • Battle Creek
  • Tut (mini-series)
  • Complications
  • Extant
  • Manhattan
  • CSI: Cyber
  • The Night Of
  • American Gothic
  • Jeff Russo: The Umbrella Academy - TV score album cover
  • Time After Time - with the title theme having a joint-credit with John Frizzell
  • Fargo
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - season 2 of the American version
  • Waco (mini-series)
  • Ghosted
  • Channel Zero
  • The Umbrella Academy - the hit Netflix series, with Perrine Virgile providing additional music for season 2
  • Counterpart
  • The Passage
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • The Act
  • Jeff Russo: Star Trek Picard (Season 1) - TV score album cover
  • Lucifer
  • Bull
  • Legion
  • The InBetween
  • Snowfall
  • Treadstone
  • Star Trek: Short Treks - a web TV series of stand-alone short stories, exploring various corners of the Trek universe
  • Power
  • Altered Carbon
  • Star Trek: Picard
  • Love & Death

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Among Jeff Russo soundtracks are the following: