Russell Malone

Russell Malone

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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Russell Malone Russell Malone (Album) Columbia Europe 1992 Sell This Version
CK 53912, DIDP 080268 Russell Malone Black Butterfly(CD) Columbia, Columbia CK 53912, DIDP 080268 US 1993 Sell This Version
Russell Malone Sweet Georgia Peach (Album) Impulse!, Impulse! Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Russell Malone Look Who's Here (Album) Verve Records Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Russell Malone Heartstrings (Album) Verve Records Europe 2001 Sell This Version
Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone - Ray Brown Monty Alexander Russell Malone (Album) Telarc Europe 2002 Sell This Version
Benny Green & Russell Malone Benny Green & Russell Malone - Jazz At The Bistro (Album) Telarc US 2003 Sell This Version
MXJ 601 Russell Malone Playground(CD, Album, Enh, Dig) MAXJAZZ MXJ 601 US 2004 Sell This Version
CD-83604 Benny Green & Russell Malone Benny Green & Russell Malone - Bluebird(CD) Telarc, Telarc Jazz CD-83604 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
MXJ 602 Russell Malone Live At Jazz Standard Volume One(CD) MAXJAZZ MXJ 602 US 2006 Sell This Version
MXJ 607 Russell Malone Triple Play(CD, Album) MaxJazz MXJ 607 US 2010 Sell This Version
HCD 7268 Russell Malone, Gerald Cannon, Willie Jones III Russell Malone, Gerald Cannon, Willie Jones III - Love Looks Good On You(CD, Album) HighNote HCD 7268 US 2015 Sell This Version
HCD 7287 Russell Malone All About Melody(CD, Album) HighNote HCD 7287 US 2016 Sell This Version

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