RUSSELL MALONE, born in Albany, Georgia grew up playing a variety of music.
Eventually, he made jazz his main focus, but he never lost his appreciation of other styles. Malone, who now lives in New Jersey, was 25 when, in 1988, he was hired as a sideman by the seminal organist Jimmy Smith. He went on to back Harry Connick, Jr. from 1990-1994 and spent four years working with Verve labelmate Diana Krall, in addition to guesting on numerous recordings.
Malone first recorded as a leader in 1992, when he provided his self-titled debut album for Columbia. Subsequently, Malone recorded Black Butterfly for Columbia in 1993, Wholly Cats for Japan’s Venus label in 1995, Sweet Georgia Peach for Impulse! in 1998, and Look Who’s Here for Verve in 1999. Having produced the latter two, Tommy LiPuma was obviously the man for the job when Malone was ready to record Heartstrings.
I love all kinds of music. I can have just as much fun playing a Willie Nelson song as I would have playing something by Duke Ellington.
Russell Malone Music