Benny green / Russell Malone – Jazz at the Bistro
Benny green / Russell Malone
(Telarc – 2003)
by Ray Redmond
Jazz at the Bistro is a live performance release, recorded live over a four-night stand at the St. Louis club. Tracks include Thelonius Monk’s Ask Me Now, Benny Carter’s When Lights Are Low, Cannonball Adderley’s Wabash, Billy Strayhorn’s The Intimacy of the Blues and John Coltrane’s Moment’s Notice/Lazy Bird. These two young jazz lions combine a world of talent and experience to deliver these classic tunes with fresh improvisations and deft performances.
Produced by Elaine Martone, Jazz at the Bistro also spotlights a pair of original compositions, Green’s Quiet Girl and Malone’s Hand-Told Stories. Although Benny Green and Russell Malone may not look like seasoned jazz veterans, their obvious talents have already earned them many kudos in the jazz arena. Jazz at the Bistro confirms that they have a great deal more to say.