Russell Malone

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Russell Malone (born November 8, 1963 in Albany, Georgia) is an essentially self-taught swing jazz guitarist. He also performs bebop jazz. He began working with Jimmy Smith in 1988, and went on to work with Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall throughout the 1990s.

Malone began playing at the age of four in his home of Albany, Georgia, with a toy guitar his mother had bought him, influenced by musicians such as B.B. King and The Dixie Hummingbirds. However, he cites that the most influential musical experience he had as a youth was "[At the age of twelve] seeing George Benson perform on television…with Benny Goodman." He learned technique from listening to recordings of Benson, Wes Montgomery, and Charlie Christian, among others.

Malone played with jazz organist Jimmy Smith from 1988—1990. He then joined the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band from 1989-1994. In 1995, Malone became part of the Diana Krall trio, participating in three Grammy-nominated albums, the final one in 1999, "When I Look In Your Eyes," winning Best Vocal Jazz Performance. Malone was part of jazz pianist Benny Green's recordings in the late 1990's and 2000: "Kaleidoscope" (1997), "These Are Soulful Days" (1999), and "Naturally" (2000). The two formed a duo partnership, releasing the live recording, "Jazz At The Bistro" in 2003, and the studio recording "Bluebird" in 2004. The duo toured until 2007.

Malone tours regularly as leader of The Russell Malone Quartet, and more recently in support of "Triple Play" (2010) of the Russell Malone Trio. Often touring the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe, he can be seen in appearances with Dianne Reeves and Romero Lubambo and tours frequently with legendary bassist Ron Carter as part of the Golden Striker Trio often featuring Mulgrew Miller at piano. Other special guest appearances have included Malone with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, pianist Hank Jones (in celebration of his 90th birthday). October, 2008, found Russell Malone in duo at Yoshi's in Oakland, California, with fellow jazz guitarist and Grammy-winner Bill Frisell. The duo toured once again in February, 2009, in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, Malone became a member of the band for saxophonist Sonny Rollins, (celebrating his 80th birthday in September).

Recorded live on September 9-11, 2005, at Jazz Standard, NYC, MAXJAZZ released "Live At Jazz Standard, Volume One" (2006) and "Live At Jazz Standard, Volume Two" (2007). Appearing on these two volumes, and touring as The Russell Malone Quartet, are Martin Bejerano on piano, Tassili Bond on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. Malone's 2010 recording "Triple Play" (also on MAXJAZZ) is pianoless, featuring David Wong on bass, and Montez Coleman on drums.
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Albums

472261 2, COL 472261 2 Russell Malone - Russell Malone album art Russell Malone Russell Malone (Album) Columbia 472261 2, COL 472261 2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
474805 2 Russell Malone - Black Butterfly album art Russell Malone Black Butterfly (Album) Columbia, Columbia 474805 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
IMPD-275 Russell Malone - Sweet Georgia Peach album art Russell Malone Sweet Georgia Peach (Album) Impulse!, Impulse! IMPD-275 US 1998 Sell This Version
543 543-2 Russell Malone - Look Who's Here album art Russell Malone Look Who's Here (Album) Verve Records 543 543-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
549 786 2 Russell Malone - Heartstrings album art Russell Malone Heartstrings (Album) Verve Records 549 786 2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
CD-83562, CD-83562-A Russell Malone - Ray Brown Monty Alexander Russell Malone album art Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone - Ray Brown Monty Alexander Russell Malone (Album) Telarc CD-83562, CD-83562-A Europe 2002 Sell This Version
CD-83560 Russell Malone - Jazz At The Bistro album art Benny Green & Russell Malone Benny Green & Russell Malone - Jazz At The Bistro (Album) Telarc CD-83560 US 2003 Sell This Version
CD-83604 Russell Malone - Bluebird album art Benny Green & Russell Malone Benny Green & Russell Malone - Bluebird (Album) Telarc, Telarc Jazz CD-83604 US 2004 Sell This Version
MXJ 601 Russell Malone - Playground album art Russell Malone Playground(CD, Album, Enh, Dig) MAXJAZZ MXJ 601 US 2004 Sell This Version
MXJ 602 Russell Malone - Live At Jazz Standard: Volume One album art Russell Malone Live At Jazz Standard: Volume One(CD, Album) MAXJAZZ MXJ 602 US 2006 Sell This Version
7243 8 73550 2 6 Russell Malone - Billy Strayhorn Lush Life album art Elvis Costello, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Bill Charlap, Hank Jones, Paul Motian, George Mraz, Russell Malone Elvis Costello, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Bill Charlap, Hank Jones, Paul Motian, George Mraz, Russell Malone - Billy Strayhorn Lush Life(12", Album + CD, Album) Blue Note 7243 8 73550 2 6 US 2007 Sell This Version
MXJ604 Russell Malone - Live At Jazz Standard Volume Two album art Russell Malone Live At Jazz Standard Volume Two(CD, Album) MAXJAZZ String Series MXJ604 US 2007 Sell This Version
MXJ 607 Russell Malone - Triple Play album art Russell Malone Triple Play(CD, Album) MaxJazz MXJ 607 US 2010 Sell This Version
HCD 7268 Russell Malone - Love Looks Good On You album art Russell Malone, Gerald Cannon, Willie Jones III Russell Malone, Gerald Cannon, Willie Jones III - Love Looks Good On You(CD, Album) HighNote Records, Inc. HCD 7268 US 2015 Sell This Version
HCD 7287 Russell Malone - All About Melody album art Russell Malone All About Melody(CD, Album) HighNote Records, Inc. HCD 7287 US 2016 Sell This Version
HCD 7305 Russell Malone - Time For The Dancers album art Russell Malone Time For The Dancers(CD, Album) HighNote Records, Inc. HCD 7305 US 2017 Sell This Version
SSR-1804 Russell Malone - The Very Thought Of You album art Steve Turre, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Willie Jones III Special Guests George Coleman, Russell Malone And Strings* Steve Turre, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Willie Jones III Special Guests George Coleman, Russell Malone And Strings* - The Very Thought Of You (Album) Smoke Sessions Records SSR-1804 US 2018 Sell This Version

Videos

none Russell Malone - Robert Altman's Jazz '34 - Remembrances Of Kansas City Swing album art Jesse Davis (3), David "Fathead" Newman, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Tyrone Clark, Don Byron, Russell Malone, Mark Whitfield, Victor Lewis, Geri Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, James Carter (3), Craig Handy, David Murray, Joshua Redman, Curtis Fowlkes, Clark Gayton, Olu Dara, Nicholas Payton, James Zollar, Kevin Mahogany Jesse Davis (3), David "Fathead" Newman, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Tyrone Clark, Don Byron, Russell Malone, Mark Whitfield, Victor Lewis, Geri Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, James Carter (3), Craig Handy, David Murray, Joshua Redman, Curtis Fowlkes, Clark Gayton, Olu Dara, Nicholas Payton, James Zollar, Kevin Mahogany - Robert Altman's Jazz '34 - Remembrances Of Kansas City Swing(DVD-V, All) Rhapsody Films none US 1997 Sell This Version