Russell Malone - Live At Jazz Standards Vol. 01 & Vol. 02 (2006/2007)


Russell Malone - Live At Jazz Standards Vol. 01 (2006)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 7 Tracks | 1:01:53 | 235 MB
Genre: Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Label: MAXJAZZ

Russell Malone's second CD for Maxjazz Live at Jazz Standard, Vol. 1 has a bit of a harder edge then Playground, his first session for the label. Well accompanied by pianist Martin Bejerano, bassist Tassili Bond and drummer Jonathan Blake on this live performances at the Jazz Standard, the guitarist focuses mostly on his challenging originals. "I Saw You Do It" is a marvelous example, an intricate, boundary stretching affair that is essentially a blues intermingled with post-bop and a touch of dissonance, while the breezy "Flirt" is more easygoing, built from a call and response pair of riffs that are developed into a full-fledged work. Malone's choice of Frank Rosolino's "Blue Daniel" may turn a few heads as he slowly transforms it from a jazz waltz setting into a cooking hard bop vehicle. He finally shares his lyrical side with a beautiful interpretation of Milt Jackson's "Heartstrings" that perfectly conveys its bittersweet message. Highly recommended.


Tracklist:

01- He Said What?
02- I Saw You Do It
03- Flirt
04- Blue Daniel
05- Mean Streak
06- Heartstrings
07- Malone Blues

Personnel:

Russell Malone, producer and arranger, guitar;
Martin Bejerano, piano;
Tassili Bond, bass;
Johnathan Blake, drums.

Release Date: October 10, 2006 (September 26 - Pre-release date)
Recorded live on September 9-11, 2005, at Jazz Standard, NYC.



Of Special Note: This is Russell Malone's first “Live” recording as a leader; This recording includes five Russell Malone original compositions; Three different Russell Malone versions of Milt Jackson's “Heartstrings” have been recorded, including this live version in September 2005, another was in 2002 for Ray Brown's Some Of My Best Friends Are Guitarists, and the first time was on Russell's 2001 Heartstrings.


Russell Malone - Live At Jazz Standards Vol. 02 (2007)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 7 Tracks | 1:16:23 | 235 MB
Genre: Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Label: MAXJAZZ

This is the continuing “sequel” to Live At Jazz Standard Volume One (2006); The CD release party and special performances were held at Jazz At The Bistro in St. Louis, Missouri, July 20-21, 2007; Four of the seven tracks are Russell Malone originals, with the exception of “Don't Point That Over Here” which is credited with being “composed” by not only Russell, but also his quartet members of Martin Bejerano, Tassili Bond, and Johnathan Blake; “Mugshot” was first recorded as the opening track on Sweet Georgia Peach (1998); “How About Me?” is an Irving Berlin tune that Russell recorded for Heartstrings (2001); “Playground” and “Sugar Buzz” are both on Playground (2004).


Tracklist:

01- Mugshot
02- For the Love of You
03- Theme from Funsmoke
04- How About Me?
05- Don't Point That Over Here
06- Playground
07- Sugar Buzz

Release Date: July 17, 2007
Recorded live on September 9-11, 2005, at Jazz Standard, NYC.


Personnel:

Russell Malone, producer and arranger, guitar;
Martin Bejerano, piano;
Tassili Bond, bass;
Johnathan Blake, drums.