Jazz at the Bistro

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408356025
  • Catalog Number: 83560
  • Sales rank: 113,031

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ask Me Now (4:49)
  2. 2 Tale of the Fingers (3:01)
  3. 3 A Bientôt (5:02)
  4. 4 Sing (5:45)
  5. 5 When Lights Are Low (4:47)
  6. 6 Wabash (3:54)
  7. 7 Killilng Me Softly (4:42)
  8. 8 The Intimacy of the Blues (6:44)
  9. 9 Moment's Notice/Lazy Bird (5:04)
  10. 10 Love Letters (5:01)
  11. 11 Russell's Introduction (0:29)
  12. 12 Quiet Girl (2:42)
  13. 13 Benny's Introduction (0:34)
  14. 14 Hand-Told Stories (2:48)
  15. 15 The Intimacy of the Blues (6:07)
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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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