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Russell Malone: Southern Spin

Russell Malone

He has a sumptuous tone, impressive facility and a certain joie de vivre. Indeed, wherever you find Russell Malone, whether it’s in a club or on television (he’s frequent guest on BET On Jazz) or on the silver screen (recall the stogie-chomping guitarist in the Robert Altman film, Kansas City?), or on the CD player, he’s a pleasure to be around. There’s no pretense here.

Following the release of his initial CD for Impulse!, titled Sweet Georgia Peach, we caught up with the busy plectrist at his New Jersey home during a brief lull in his road warrior schedule. Sweet Georgia Peach, an agreeable bit of business full of elegant swing and optimism, bears Malone’s melodic signature, something he’s worked hard to develop.

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