Albums
 
"Real Virtuosi don't show off; they simply make the impossible sound effortless.
That's how jazzman Russ Little plays trombone.....".
-New jazz CD review of Slow Burn in March, 2011, Toronto Star.

Slow Burn: "A new album by Russ Little showing off his vast trombone wares is always welcome,
guaranteed to be both different from past entries
(like the outstanding "Footwork" and "On The Shoulders of Giants") and entertaining."
-April, 2011, Geoff Chapman, iconic Canadian jazz critic.

Winner of the prestigious National Jazz Awards', "Best Trombonist of 2007".

Two-time nominee (for Best Album and Best Trombonist).

"Russ Little's --- virtuoso performance on the albums Snapshot and Footwork could not be denied."......
-J.D. Considine writing in the Toronto Globe and Mail, April, 2007.

Geoff Chapman, National Jazz Critic for the Toronto Star, has declared Russ Little's latest release, "Footwork", to be
"one of the Top 10 Best Albums of 2006".

  Slow Burn


 



"It is a truth, widely acknowledged among musicians, that the art form of improvisational jazz, performed at any chosen speed, volume or style, is best performed with a powerful, underlying intensity that can most accurately be described as a Slow Burn."

Track Listings:
1.   My Mama Told Me So  Listen
2.   Body & Soul  Listen
3.   Jive Samba   Listen
4.   Here's That Rainy Day   Listen
5.   Speedball   Listen
6.   Blue Skies  Listen
7.   My Foolish Heart  Listen
8.   Tutu  Listen
9.   Creepin'  Listen

 

"...even as he delivers the satiny upper register and silky articulation, his solos carry the bluesy grit of Curtis Fuller.
Hence the Slow Burn of the title ..."
-J.D. Considine, Toronto Star, March 26th, 2011.

Slow Burn is filled with "...tracks that demonstrate Little's ease whatever the genre."
-Whole Note Magazine, April, 2011.


Featuring:

Russ Little - trombone
Brian Barlow - drums, percussion, tambourine, congas, timbales, shaker
Mike Francis - guitar, rhythm guitar
Rob Piltch - nylon string guitar
Scott Alexander - bass, electric bass
Tom Szczesniak - electric bass, piano, electric piano, Hammond B3 organ
Robi Botos - piano, electric piano, Wurlitzer electric piano
David Restivo - electric piano, Wurlitzer electric piano
Michael Stuart - tenor saxophone
Perry White - tenor saxophone
Vern Dorge - tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
John Johnson - soprano saxophone
Steve McDade - trumpet


  On The Shoulders Of Giants


 



"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
Sir Isaac Newton,
February 5th, 1675

Track Listings:
1.   Cottontail  Listen
2.   Along Came Betty  Listen
3.   Friday Night At The Cadillac Club   Listen
4.   Star Crossed Lovers   Listen
5.   Sister Sadie   Listen
6.   Memories Of You  Listen
7.   I Remember Clifford  Listen
8.   Django  Listen
9.   Blue Monk  Listen
10. Song For My Father Listen

  Featuring:

Russ Little - Trombone
Steve McDade - Trumpet
Tom Szczesniak - Keyboard, Electric Piano
Scott Alexander - Bass, Electric Bass
Brian Barlow - Percussion, Drums, Congas, Tambourine
Vern Dorge - Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Robi Botos - Hammond B3 Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
John Johnson - Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rich Brown - Electric Bass
Michael Francis - Electric Guitar
Rob Piltch - Guitar, Nylon String Guitar
John Lamb - Bass


  Footwork


 



For all its acknowledged nobility and sonorous power, the
Trombone, by its very nature, lends itself to neither fleetness

nor effortless grace, which is why we all spend many long and lonely hours of intense and unremitting practise hoping to achieve the necessary - "Footwork".

Track Listings:
1.   Footwork  Listen
2.   The Boy Next Door   Listen
3.   Midnight Sun   Listen
4.   Nikki's Grin   Listen
      Russ Little - Trombone(First Solo)
      Slide Hampton - Trombone(Second Solo)
5.   Four Brothers   Listen
6.   Six Inch Spike  Listen
7.   Peace  Listen
8.   She  Listen
9.   Up Jumped Spring  Listen
10. Things Ain't What They Used To Be Listen
      Slide Hampton - Trombone(First Solo)
      Russ Little - Trombone(Second Solo)

 
Featuring:

Russ Little - trombone
Slide Hampton - trombone
Vern Dorge- tenor sax
Phil Dwyer- tenor sax
Mike Francis- guitar
Tom Szczesniak - piano
Robi Botos - piano
Scott Alexander - bass
Brian Barlow - drums
Rob Piltch - guitar
John Johnson - tenor sax
Alan Hetherington - pandeiro & tamborim


    "In Russ Little's hands, the trombone transforms into a musical magic lamp
capable of granting anything your heart desires."

  -Frank Nakashima, Whole Note Magazine --- February, 2007.

    "Uncanny precision --- Extremely versatile"
  -Frank Nakashima, Whole Note Magazine --- February, 2007.

    "...a rollicking frolic."
  -The Toronto Star, 2006

    "...this seriously talented leader explores sound possibilities and different stylistic approaches."
  -The Toronto Star, 2006

    "...charges into bluesy territory inhabited in earlier days by Horace Silver."
  -The Toronto Star, 2006



 
Snapshot


 


We chose Snapshot as the name for this collection of song
recordings because, like every family album snapshot, this CD
captures and preserves a particular moment in time -- a kind
of sonic photograph of my style of playing jazz trombone,
circa 2004-2005.

Track Listings:
1.   Undecided  Listen
2.   My One And Only Love  Listen
3.   Where Can I Go Without You?  Listen
4.   Cold Duck Time  Listen
5.   Out On A Limb  Listen
6.   A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square  Listen
7.   Autumn In New York  Listen
8.   Smile Please  Listen
9.   Little Prince  Listen
10. More Than You Know  Listen
11. Exactly Like You  Listen
12. One Note Samba  Listen
 
Featuring:

Russ Little - trombone
Phil Dwyer - tenor sax
Rob Piltch - guitar
Tom Szczesniak - piano
Lorne Lofsky - guitar
Brian Barlow - drums
Scott Alexander - bass
Michael Stuart - tenor/alto sax
John Johnson - tenor/alto/soprano sax
Mike Francis - guitar
Bill McBirnie - flute


    "What a marvelous record this is, a spellbinder from start to finish..."
  -Geoff Chapman, National Jazz Critic for the Toronto Star, August 4th, 2005

    "No matter how virtuosic his solos get, what comes across most strongly
is the clarity of his melodic ideas."

  -J.D. Considine, Toronto Globe & Mail

    "It's seldom obvious that what he's doing is spectacularly difficult."
  -J.D. Considine, Toronto Globe & Mail