Bluebird

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2004
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408360428
  • Catalog Number: 83604
  • Sales rank: 170,754

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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