Russell Malone has been a significant figure in the jazz world for more than two decades. On Triple Play, he once again cements his reputation as a pre-eminent jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader.
Russell Malone - Playground
Guitarist Russell Malone first worked with master jazz organist Jimmy Smith in 1988, and toured with Harry Connick, Jr. from 1990 to 1994. During the late nineties Malone toured internationally with Diana Krall, receiving critical acclaim both in concert and on her recordings. Malone has also shared the stage with artists of the caliber of Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Claude Fiddler Williams, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack McDuff, John Hicks, Clarence Carter, Little Anthony, Freddie Cole, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut and Patti Austin. Malone was also a featured performer in Robert Altman's 1996 film "Kansas City."
His first recordings as a leader were made for Columbia: Russell Malone, Black Butterfly and Wholly Cats. Later, he became exclusive with Impulse-Universal, for which he has recorded Sweet Georgia Peach, Look Who's Here! and Heartstrings. He has also played a prominent role in Diana Krall's recordings, such as the Grammy-nominated All For You and Love Scenes.
He has recorded with countless artists, including Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, Benny Green, Kenny Barron, Don Braden and Etta Jones.
Russell Malone's debut CD on the Maxjazz label, entitled Playground, was released in April 2004.