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Bluebird
     

Bluebird

by Benny Green
 
Benny Green and Russell Malone pick up where they left off on their first duo recording for Telarc, only this time the locale is in the studio. The pianist and the guitarist are equally at home with classic jazz compositions, standards, pop songs, and originals. They devour Milt Jackson's "Reunion Blues," a driving hard bop performance

Overview

Benny Green and Russell Malone pick up where they left off on their first duo recording for Telarc, only this time the locale is in the studio. The pianist and the guitarist are equally at home with classic jazz compositions, standards, pop songs, and originals. They devour Milt Jackson's "Reunion Blues," a driving hard bop performance with spine-tingling solos. Equally thrilling are their jaunty takes of Charlie Parker's rarely heard blues "Bluebird," and the saxophonist's intricate "Passport," the latter with Malone providing a percussion by tapping on his guitar for a chorus. Their playfulness is evident in the fast-paced interpretation of "It's Alright With Me," though they finally cool down with a light but funky take of "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." Even though the R&B hit "Feel Like Makin' Love" seems like an unlikely jazz vehicle, the duo's soulful but understated rendition makes it viable. Malone's "Flowers for Emmett Till" is an elegant ballad played on his unaccompanied guitar. The CD closes subtly with Oscar Peterson's gorgeous "Wheatland," a nice salute to a master who has not only influenced Benny Green, but who has lauded his abilities as a pianist. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/2004
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408360428
catalogNumber:
83604
Rank:
121710

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Green   Primary Artist,Piano
Russell Malone   Guitar

Technical Credits

Milt Jackson   Composer
Oscar Peterson   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Russell Malone   Composer
Gene McDaniels   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Elaine Martone   Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Newley   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jack Renner   Engineer
William Salter   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction

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