Russell Malone visited Japan for performance as a member of Ron Carter Trio on last December and called on my house. We are on a first-name basis and I told Russell how to eat Japanese Sushi about 20 years ago and at that time, Russell was called the best young Jazz guitarist. Since then, we have regularly seen each other. This time, we sat back and talked about American Jazz situation, music and so on. When I asked him,

“Are you disappointed that there are no many musicians who are familiar with the sound and the instruments?”

And he just nodded.

Author:Hidesato Shiino