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Russell Malone : Live at Jazz Standard, Vol. 1

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After eight recordings as a leader-beginning with his self-titled Columbia debut back in 1991-Russell Malone’s credentials have been well-established. He is indeed one of the top-shelf players and celebrated chopsmeisters on the jazz-guitar scene today. This live outing documents his working quartet-pianist Martin Bejerano (formerly of Roy Haynes’ quartet) and newcomers Jonathan Blake on drums and Tassili Bond on bass-stretching out on a set of originals and two well-chosen covers in Frank Rosolino’s lovely waltz “Blue Daniel” and Milt Jackson’s hauntingly beautiful ballad “Heartstrings.”

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