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Russell Malone: Triple Play

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Guitarist Russell Malone has found a durable and receptive home at MAXJAZZ, resulting in three fine recordings: Playground (2004); Live at Jazz Standard, Volume 1 (2006); and Live at Jazz Standard, Volume 2 (2006). He sports an elegant, unpretentious method and a shimmering, round and slightly velvety tone that compliments his considerable abilities. Triple Play is Malone's first trio recording, proving that the best jazz is created in small spaces. Malone's grasp of the blues is beyond question. He addresses the great Oliver Nelson's “Butch and Butch," from Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse!, 1961), with funky ...

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Russell Malone Trio at Jazz at the Bistro, St Louis, October 20, 2010

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Russell Malone TrioJazz at the Bistro SeriesSt Louis, MOOctober 20, 2010 Guitarist Russell Malone returned to the Bistro, somewhat more exposed this time, his guitar in a trio with bass and drums. His companions for this visit were David Wong on acoustic bass and Darrell Green on drums. This session might be best described as an advance release celebration for his newest album Triple Play (MAXJAZZ, 2010) soon due to market. Pre-release copies were available for those attending. Richard McDonnell, founder of the St. Louis prominent jazz label, MAXJAZZ, was on hand for the ...

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Russell Malone: Live at The Jazz Standard, Volume Two

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Jazz was meant to be recorded live on the bandstand. It is spontaneous music ruled by improvisation and invention in real time. There exist precious few bad live jazz recordings. This is a ready indication of the high quality of musicianship jazz requires for proper performance and the necessity of said jazz musicians to think quickly on their feet. MaxJazz has been making it a point to capture its artists in live settings and has done so with unparalleled success, continuing to do so with guitarist Russell Malone.

Where Russell Malone channeled Grant Green on the first half ...

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Russell Malone: Live at Jazz Standard, Volume One

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Dedicated to the memories of jazz guitarist Ted Greene and jazz pianist John Hicks, this session features Russell Malone at work in New York with his band during a spirited three-night run at the Jazz Standard in September 2005.

Always one to keep the blues alive in his mainstream jazz programs, Malone communicates eloquently through his guitar with a soft-edged attack that carries vocal-like through the room, as if lyrics were attached to every phrase.

It goes way beyond his experience backing pianists Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall. Before that, Malone moved around some; from his home in Albany, ...

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Montreal Jazz Festival Day 10: July 7, 2007

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Day Ten of the 2007 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal replayed the refrain of diversity, ranging from mainstream to fusion, from established artists to stars-in-the-making. It was also an ideal day to check out the third edition of the Montreal Musician and Musical Instrument Show (MMMIS) and its new offshoot, the Montreal Guitar Salon--two shows that demonstrate the Festival's desire to promote ...

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Montreal Jazz Festival Day 9: July 6, 2007

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As the 2007 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal entered its home stretch, two performances demonstrated the eclectic diversity of jazz--one, an exploration of the nexus between world music and jazz, the other a cutting edge performance that pushes the limit of the modern mainstream. Such ventures are de rigueur for a festival that, while generally focused on jazz, views music as a ...

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Russell Malone: Live At Jazz Standard

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Russell Malone played a week-long engagement at Jazz Standard in November, ostensibly to promote the release of this album. Malone was backed on both ventures by the solid rhythm section of bassist Tassili Bond, pianist Martin Bejerano and drummer Johnathan Blake.

A lyrical, inventive guitarist, you can almost see Malone thinking out loud on the bandstand. And once he's formulated his ideas, it's full speed ahead, with dazzling rapid-fire arpeggios and single-note lines punctuated by octaves. He brightened the straight-ahead “I Saw You Do It with humorous quotes from “Jeannine and Branford Marsalis' “The Ballad of Chet Kincaid. “Flirt ...



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