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Russell Malone

Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric

Born: November 8, 1963    

Russell Malone

Russell Malone's first guitar was a plastic green toy his mother bought him. Only four years old, Malone strummed the little guitar all day long for days on end trying to emulate the sounds he had heard from guitarists at church in Albany, Georgia. As a child, Malone developed an interest in blues and country music after seeing musicians on television like Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Son Seals, and B.B. King. Then, at age 12, he saw George Benson perform with Benny Goodman on Soundstage. Malone has said, “I knew right then and there that I wanted to play this music.”...
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“Russell Malone’s lyrical guitar work has projected him into the mainstream of jazz guitar. Having dazzling technique erupt at will, as well as melodic, mellow ballad material, Malone shows extraordinary skill across his six strings. His skillful interpretations stir the imagination while igniting the soul.” ~ Jazz St. Louis


“Lyricism remains a vital part of Malone's music, and he certainly has achieved a unique guitar voice in jazz's mainstream. His powerful technique erupts when he wants it to, while his warm and mellow ballad material rests comfortably on yearning ears.” ~~ Jim Santella, All About Jazz



“Where Russell Malone channeled Grant Green on the first half of this live set, Live at The Jazz Standard, Volume 1, the guitarist comes fully into his own on Live at The Jazz Standard, Volume 2. There is only one real “standard” in the set, Malone's shimmering take on Irving Berlin's “How About Me.” The remainder of the recording is all Malone with some thoughtfully selected vehicles.” ~~ C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz



“Although he possesses dazzling technique, Malone is a highly melodic and lyrical player who eschews pyrotechnical displays.” ~~ (Not sure who wrote it, but it is being used on Russell Malone's concert write-ups. klbw)

  • Triple Play

    MAXJAZZ
    2010
  • Live at Jazz Standard, Volume One

    MAXJAZZ
    2007
  • Live at The Jazz Standard, Volume Two

    MAXJAZZ
    2007
  • Live at Jazz Standard, Volume One

    MAXJAZZ
    2006
  • Playground

    MAXJAZZ
    2004
  • Heartstrings

    Impulse!
    2001
  • Look Who's Here

    B&W Music
    2000
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Primary Instrument:
Guitar, electric

Location:
Jersey City, NJ

Credentials/Background:
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Russell Malone was using his Gibson Custom L-5 for most performances and on his Live At Jazz Standard, Volumes One and Two releases of 2006 and 2007 (MAXJAZZ).

In 2009, Mr. Malone switched to using a Sadowsky LS-17, which he now endorses. Visit the Sadowsky website to see Mr. Malone's artist page there.

Check the "Discography" page here, and each recording lists the guitar(s) used for that recording.

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