Russell Malone – Triple Play

February 22, 2011 / No Comments / Tags: david wong, georgia, jazz, jazz guitar, maxjazz, montez coleman, russell malone, thejazzpage, triple play


Triple Play is simply Russell Malone at his best. Believe it or not, this is Malone’s first trio album, as he didn’t think he was ready – until now. Well, the time is right. Malone sounds like the master of the guitar he’s become in the 20 or more years since his first recording. The chemistry between the Georgia-born Malone and his trio of Montez Coleman on drums and David Wong on bass is superb. The musicians explore a range of tunes of diverse moods, including compositions by Oliver Nelson, Cole Porter, Ron Carter, Marilyn and Alan Bergman and Quincy Jones, among others. There also 4 tracks written by Malone, including a slightly funkier arranagement of his “Sweet Georgia Peach”. As well demonstrated on this effort, Malone still possesses the bright tone and virtuostic brilliance which has drawn fans to his work for many years.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Sweet Georgia Peach”.

Tracks: Honeybone, Butch and Butch, Pecan Pie, Sweet Georgia Peach, Do I Love You, Pocketwatch, The Witching Hour, Tail Feathers, The Kind of Girl She Is, Mind Wine, Unchained Melody.