Primary Instrument: Drums
Montez Coleman is featured on Russell Malone's 2010 MAXJAZZ release, Triple Play.
Coleman has been touring extensively since 2007 with The Roy Hargrove Quintet and The Roy Hargrove Big Band throughout the US, Europe, and Japan.
Source: Kandie Le Britain Webster, Contributing Editor
~~~ TRIPLE PLAY ~~~
Release Date: November 2, 2010
Recorded on January 13-14, 2010, at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
Tracks: 1) Honeybone; 2) Butch and Butch (Oliver Nelson); 3) Pecan Pie; 4) Sweet Georgia Peach; 5) Do I Love You? (A 1939 popular song written by Cole Porter, for his musical DuBarry Was a Lady, where it was introduced by Ronald Graham and Ethel Merman); 6) Pocket Watch (Does this song have any connection to the Musical Pocket Watch played in Clint Eastwood's For A Few Dollars More?); 7) The Witching Hour (the late-night Kansas City stroll by Quincy Jones) 8) Tail Feathers (Ron Carter, Russell's Golden Striker Trio leader, featured on Ron Carter's 2002 Blue Note release Stardust); 9) The Kind of Girl She Is (Bergman/Grusin composition ~ Jack Jones provided the vocals to this theme song of Funny Face); 10) Mind Wine (A 2007 recording from the John Hicks Legacy Band); 11) Unchained Melody (A 1955 popular song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret ~ Swing band pianist Les Baxter released an instrumental version which reached #2 ~ It was the July 1965 version by The Righteous Brothers that became a jukebox standard for the late 20th century.)
Personnel: Russell Malone, producer, guitar; David Wong, bass; Montez Coleman, drums.
Of Special Note: The CD Release Event and special performances was held at Jazz At The Bistro in St. Louis, Missouri, October 20-23, 2010; There are a total of eleven tracks, four of which are Russell Malone originals. "Sweet Georgia Peach" was first recorded as the title track on Sweet Georgia Peach (1998); "Pecan Pie" is being released here for the first time, even though Russell has been performing it since 2005. Russell Malone's version of the ever-popular Righteous Brothers tune, "Unchained Melody" has received rave reviews in his recent concert performances.
Quote: "We feel privileged and honored to share this gift of music with you." ~ Russell Malone, a personal statement from the liner notes.
Liner Notes: Russell Malone writes, "I'm also happy to have made this musical documentation with two of the best young musicians on the scene today, bassist David Wong, and drummer, Montez Montez Coleman. I first met Montez Coleman at a jam session at Cleopatra's Needle in New York about ten years ago. One of the things that makes him such a joy to play with is that he knows how to make the music exciting, but he doesn't get too excited himself and lose the groove. Montez is the epitome of grace and control."
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