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."

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

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...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 ..
tStar
J.D. Considine
Toronto Star, March 26th, 2011
Slow Burn is filled with "...tracks that demonstrate Little's ease whatever the genre."
wh2
Whole Note Magazine
April, 2011

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

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

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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".

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

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"In Russ Little's hands, the trombone transforms into a musical magic lamp capable of granting anything your heart desires."
wh2
Frank Nakashima
February, 2007, Whole Note Magazine
"Uncanny precision --- Extremely versatile""
wh2
Frank Nakashima
February, 2007, Whole Note Magazine
"...a rollicking frolic."
tStar
Toronto Star
2006
"...this seriously talented leader explores sound possibilities and different stylistic approaches."
tStar
Toronto Star
2006
"...charges into bluesy territory inhabited in earlier days by Horace Silver."
tStar
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.

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

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"What a marvelous record this is, a spellbinder from start to finish..."
tStar
Geoff Chapman
National Jazz Critic for the Toronto Star, August 4th, 2005
"It's seldom obvious that what he's doing is spectacularly difficult."
glob
J.D. Considine
Toronto Globe & Mail
"No matter how virtuosic his solos get, what comes across most strongly is the clarity of his melodic ideas."
glob
J.D. Considine
Toronto Globe & Mail