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Jazz at the Bistro Live


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  • Audio CD (January 28, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00007KMO1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ask Me Now
2. Tale Of The Fingers
3. A Bientot
4. Sing
5. When Lights Are Low
6. Wabash
7. Killing Me Softly/How Deep Is Your Love?
8. The Intimacy Of The Blues
9. Moment's Notice/Lazy Bird
10. Love Letters
11. Russell's Introduction
12. Quiet Girl
13. Benny's Introduction
14. Hand-Told Stories
15. The Intimacy Of The Blues (Alternate Take)

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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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. A Netzley on February 3, 2003
I have been waiting years for another live recording from Benny Green and, as expected, he has not disappointed with this latest release. Actually, it is misleading to call this a Benny Green recording. The duo of Green and Malone seems to be emerging, in my opinion, as one of the better collaborations in jazz. The duo is unquestionably the star attraction on this recording.
One of the more desirable characteristics of this CD is that Benny and Russell know how to swing. Even without a bass or drums, tunes such as Cannonball Adderley's "Wabash" come alive and get your body moving to the rhythm. The duo also performs a couple pop tunes such as "Sing," "How Deep is Your Love," and "Killing Me Softly" (maybe they have read the Hornby novel lately?). The recording features some classic tunes such as "The Intimacy of the Blues" and "Lazy Bird." Finally, for those Benny fans out there, there is a new composition from Mr. Green titled "Quiet Girl" which is quite beautiful.
In a larger sense, I am very impressed with the work that Russell and Benny are doing together. I think their recording collaboration began, if my memory serves, with These Are Soulful Days back in 1999 (Blue Note). Around this same time I observed that Benny was trying different band members and had some recording adventures such as Kaleidoscope (Blue Note) with Ron Carter or a band-member role with Tim Hagans and Marcus Printup. Coming off some fabulous recordings with Christian McBride and Carl Allen, I have to view these musical adventures as a transitional period. I am left with the impression he was moving toward a new voice.
Live At The Bistro makes one thing clear: the transition is complete and Benny--along with the amazing guitar work from Russell Malone--is playing with a clear voice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cedric Westphal on January 5, 2005
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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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2003
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".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazz Addict on April 3, 2006
Just returned from Jazz at the Bistro in St Louis to catch Benny and Russell live. Sat for two sets, one on Fri and one Sat. They were magnificent and this album reflects what I heard. If one is a jazz addict and trained in music and hear this CD you will appreciate their dynamics together. Listen to the CD and you will quickly become Green/Malone fans. Reminds me of the Evans/Hall Intermodulation duo album recorded in the 60's on Verve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon on September 5, 2004
I got the CD a little while ago, but I still love it. The CD has great songs on it, especially track 4, sing, in which Russell Malone shows his talent at its best. Tale of the fingers, track 2 has a very good melody, a short song, but very fast. Those who like be-bop will like that song. The ballads in the CD are pretty good all around, and the playing is awesome. I would recommend this CD to everyone. If you like this CD you might also like:

Bluebird: Benny Green/Russell Malone

Ray Brown/Monty Alexander/Russell Malone (Sometimes called Last Session):

Ray Brown/Monty Alexander/Russell Malone

Sweet Georgia Peach: Russell Malone

Straight Ahead: Monty Alexander/Ray Brown/Herb Ellis

Some Of My Best Friends Are Guitarists: Ray Brown
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