Jazz at the Bistro

Jazz at the Bistro

by Benny Green
     
 

Recorded over two nights in the terrific St. Louis night club Jazz at the Bistro, Benny Green and Russell Malone make the most of the opportunity. Although they had previously worked together, this is their first duo release. Although Green gets top billing on the CD, this is a true partnership, with both men soloing brilliantly, as well as providing outstanding… See more details below

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Recorded over two nights in the terrific St. Louis night club Jazz at the Bistro, Benny Green and Russell Malone make the most of the opportunity. Although they had previously worked together, this is their first duo release. Although Green gets top billing on the CD, this is a true partnership, with both men soloing brilliantly, as well as providing outstanding supporting lines as accompanists. Their wide ranging program extends from old chestnuts ("Love Letters") to gems by Thelonious Monk (a lyrical "Ask Me Now"), Benny Carter (his timeless ballad "When Lights are Low"), Billy Taylor (a gently striding take of "A Bientot"), John Coltrane (a lively medley of "Moment's Notice" and "Lazy Bird"), Billy Strayhorn (two separate interpretations of his "The Intimacy of the Blues") and a delightful romp through Cannonball Adderley's "Wabash." What is most surprising is the imaginative treatment of two pop songs in medley form; the often nauseating "Killing Me Softly" is in good hands as a solo vehicle for Green, while Malone takes over for the Bee Gees' "How Deep is Your Love?," which isn't a jazz standard by any means, but the guitarist makes it work with a thoughtful solo improvisation. Each musician is also featured playing an original composition as a solo feature. Live jazz doesn't get much better than this disc.

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One of the finest recordings of "duo" teamwork recorded in recent years.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2003
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408356025
catalogNumber:
83560
Rank:
110861

Tracks

  1. Ask Me Now  - Benny Green
  2. Tale of the Fingers  - Benny Green
  3. A Bientôt  - Benny Green
  4. Sing  - Benny Green
  5. When Lights Are Low  - Benny Green
  6. Wabash  - Benny Green
  7. Killilng Me Softly  - Benny Green
  8. The Intimacy of the Blues  - Benny Green
  9. Moment's Notice/Lazy Bird  - Benny Green
  10. Love Letters  - Benny Green
  11. Russell's Introduction  - Benny Green
  12. Quiet Girl  - Benny Green
  13. Benny's Introduction  - Benny Green
  14. Hand-Told Stories  - Benny Green
  15. The Intimacy of the Blues  - Benny Green

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Green   Primary Artist,Piano
Russell Malone   Guitar

Technical Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Composer
Russell Malone   Composer,Liner Notes
Benny Carter   Composer
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Paul Chambers   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Charles Fox   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Benny Green   Composer,Liner Notes
Edward Heyman   Composer
Elaine Martone   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer
Jack Renner   Engineer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Billy Taylor   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer

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