Down Beat - 9/00, pp.57-84 stars out of 5
- "...[He] has a forthright mastery of mainstream modern piano craft that neither panders nor reaches, except perhaps into a formidable knowledge of the ancestry that preceded him....This CD has a nice glow about it..."
JazzTimes - 11/00, p.82
"...A laid-back collection of elegant as opposed to hard-edged jazz....As the album title suggests, he does everything naturally."
Personnel: Benny Green (piano); Russell Malone (guitar); Christian McBride (bass).
Recorded at Clinton Studio B, New York, New York on January 16 & 17, 2000. Includes liner notes by Benny Green.
Personnel: Russell Malone (guitar).
Recording information: Clinton Studios, Studio B, New York, NY (01/16/2000/01/17/2000).
Editor: Ester Luna.
A few days after an acclaimed performance at the 2001 IAJE Conference in New Orleans, pianist Benny Green was joined in the studio by his former bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Russell Malone to record this terrific CD. Five of the six trio tracks are originals by Green; they include the driving Stanley Turrentine-inspired "Pittsburgh Brethren," the funky "Captain Hook" (Green's nickname for McBride during their early trio days), the easygoing "Russelln'," in honor of Malone's considerable talent, and the soulful "Beg Your Parlan," in honor of the polio-inflicted but phenomenal pianist Horace Parlan, Green's fellow Pittsburgh native. The trio also swings mightily on a mellow version of Carl Perkins' "Grooveyard." Green's unaccompanied tracks include a fascinating striding version of Duke Ellington's "Love You Madly," a snappy take of Wayne Shorter's "Lester Left Town," and the more obscure "Learnin' the Blues," recorded by Oscar Peterson in the 1950s. This release is more than ample evidence of Green's continuous growth as a jazz pianist; it should help validate him as among the top players of his generation. ~ Ken Dryden