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|Benny Green, Russell Malone|
Jazz at the Bistro
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Between them, the young duo of Benny Green and Russell Malone has a world of experience, having played with such jazz masters as Ray Brown, Harry Connick Jr., Betty Carter, Diana Krall, and Branford Marsalis. This live dat... more »
Between them, the young duo of Benny Green and Russell Malone has a world of experience, having played with such jazz masters as Ray Brown, Harry Connick Jr., Betty Carter, Diana Krall, and Branford Marsalis. This live date captures the terrific twosome delivering a tasty palette of blues, standards, and ballads. Malone's guitar lines are impressive and encyclopedic, ranging from Wes Montgomery's ringing double octaves to Joe Pass's tender timbres. Green's pianisms imbue everything he plays with a haze of blues. They both treat chestnuts like Cannonball Adderley's "Wabash," Billy Strayhorn's "Intimacy of the Blues," and John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice/Lazy Bird" with dazzling and deft improvisations. Here, in front of an appreciative audience, these musicians beautifully highlight the difference between just making a record and actually playing music. --Eugene Holley Jr.
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D. P. (MusicMan) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 2/25/2007...
Unusual piano, guitar pairing (something akin to an orchestra performing without a conuctor?). Nary a note that didn't sound good. I think this was a kind of trial baloon, and when it worked other albums by the duo followed.
I wish I could have been there
Cedric Westphal | san francisco, ca | 01/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd was recorded live at a jazz club in St Louis, and I wish I could have attended this concert. I actually saw Benny Green and Russell Malone play together a little later at another jazz club, and the enthusiasm with which they play and share with the audience is very tangible.
This cd has 13 music tracks (and two 'introductions' for each artist). There are two originals, a bunch of standard-y standards (monk, strayhorn, coltrane tunes), and a few 'new standards', ie pop tunes made into jazz ('killing me softly' for instance). It is up there, along Jim Hall and Bill Evans 'undercurrent', as one of the best jazz duo of a guitarist and a pianist. The guitar and the piano complement each other perfectly, with each instrument being in turn melodic or harmonic. The styles of BG and RM differ a bit (complement each other as well), with BG going towards more harmonic sophistication, and RM towards more virtuosity.
The recipe here is the same as their other subsequent cd, 'bluebird', which I recommand equally. I guess this one should be picked first due to its seniority (it is 2 years older), but I cannot come up with a better reason."
Great musicianship, bad guitar tone
Jazz Addict | 10/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just picked this CD up and had to write a review. I've been following Russell Malone since his days with Harry Connick Jr. and his debut/self titled album; I've always really admired his phrasing and rhythmic style. This is my first time hearing Green, who is fantastic. These two performers are great together and listening to them play off of each other; trading fours, and comping is a pleasure. However, a warning to guitar players out there: Russell's tone may cause you to wince a bit. Gone is his trademark fat, warm tone. On this disc he sounds tinny and weak; buzzing off the fretboard is constant. This is especially disappointing since I am a big fan of Russell's. A very enjoyable CD, but I probably won't listen to it nearly as much as some of his others. For other melodic interplay with him and piano, check out his debut CD; he plays with Harry on "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me"."