Bob Malach

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Bob Malach 2008 at a concert with Jasper van't Hof

Bob Malach (born August 23, 1954 in Philadelphia ) is an American fusion - and modern jazz saxophonist .

life and work

Malach comes from a musical family; his brothers are also professional musicians. During his time in high school, he made frequent appearances with John Lee and Gerry Brown . In 1976 he moved to New York , where he studied with Eddie Daniels . Until 1978 he worked in Stanley Clarke's band , from 1976 to 1979 also with Alphonse Mouzon , with whom he went on several European tours. As a studio musician, Malach played with Stevie Wonder , Jon Faddis , Hank Jones , Horace Silver , Spyro Gyra and the Brecker Brothers . He has given concerts in Europe with Jasper van't Hof's “Eye Ball” and has also recorded with Charlie Mariano , Aldo Romano , Didier Lockwood (“Live in Montreux”) and Urszula Dudziak . Since 1985 he was a member of the Big Band of Bob Mintzer ; since 1989 he has also performed with the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band . He played in a duo with Michel Petrucciani ("Conversations With Michel"), but also continued with Jasper van't Hof ("Dinner for Two", "The Prague Concert"), with whom he repeatedly toured until 2008. In 1991 he performed with Miles Davis and Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival . Malach was also involved in recordings of the Loose Ends and Leni Stern , Ivan Paduart , Miroslav Vitouš , Madonna , Mose Allison , Steve Miller Band , Dominique Eade and Joe Zawinul ("My People", "Faces and Places"). In 2001 and 2002 he was on tour with Mike Stern and Ben Sidran . He also performed with the Metropole Orkest and Ivan Paduart.


Bob Malach is best known for playing the tenor saxophone, but rarely plays the alto saxophone , flute and clarinet . Stylistically, Bob Malach is often compared with the Philadelphia saxophonist Michael Brecker , who is considered his most important influence and with whom he also worked. The German jazz critic Joachim Ernst Berendt once characterized Malach's saxophone playing as follows: " Hawkins , Trane , Gene Ammons , Rollins - they all live in his playing."

Discographic notes

  • Some People (1980)
  • Mood Swing (1991, with Dr. John , Robben Ford )
  • The Searcher (1998)
  • After Hours (1999)
  • with Jasper Van't Hof: Pseudopodia ( In + Out , 2008)

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Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Bob Malach. msn, accessed November 28, 2008 .