Monty Alexander

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Review by Michael G. Nastos As an originator of the initial soul-funk movement of the ’60s when he was with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Golson is eminently qualified to funkify jazz and R&B-flavored instrumental music. Nat Adderley plays cornet alongside Golson’s tenor in this, one of his last recordings before he passed away. Always fresh and deep in the groove ...

Review by Rick Anderson Jazz purists may turn up the nose at this jazz-reggae summit meeting, but that’s their loss. It’s not that they wouldn’t have the right to be suspicious — experiments in jazz-reggae fusion do not have a distinguished history. But the combination of Jamaican-born jazz pianist Monty Alexander and reggae godfathers Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare works ...

Review by Matt Collar From jazz-influenced classical pieces to world music rhythms and American popular song, pianist Monty Alexander seems to cover all his musical interests on Impressions in Blue. Backed by the talented rhythm section of bassist Hassan J.J. Wiggins Shakur and drummer Mark Taylor, Alexander tackles such epic compositions as Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Rodrigo’s “En Aranjuez ...

Review by Scott Yanow From 1963-1967, pianist Monty Alexander played regularly at Jilly’s in New York City, a popular hangout where Frank Sinatra would occasionally drop in and, on very rare occasions, sing a song or two. This trio set with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Troy Davis gives Alexander an opportunity to pay tribute to both Jilly’s and Sinatra. ...

Pianist Monty Alexander had first appeared on a Milt Jackson record in 1969. Soul Fusion songs Eight years later the great vibraphonist used Alexander’s trio (which included bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, future big-band co-leaders) for this spirited Pablo session that was subsequently reissued on CD through Original Jazz Classics. Soul Fusion album for sale Much of the ...

Biography by Scott Yanow Monty Alexander long ago combined together the influence of Oscar Peterson with the soul of Gene Harris and Nat “King” Cole to form his own appealing and personable style. Long a bit underrated (due to the shadow of Peterson), Alexander has recorded more than a score of excellent albums. Monty Alexander began piano lessons when he ...

Review by Scott Yanow After attending an annual boogie-woogie concert organized by Mark Braun (Mr. B.), Monty Alexander headed a recording project that paid tribute to both boogie-woogie and spirituals. Five pianists participated, performing two numbers apiece, with four of the players (all but Alexander) playing a pair of duets. Alexander, Eric Reed, and Johnny O’Neal are better known nationally ...

Monty Alexander (Montgomery Bernard Alexander, Kingston, Jamaica, 6 de junio de 1944) es un pianista de jazz, que también toca la melódica. Su forma de tocar tiene una fuerte influencia de la música caribeña y del swing. Entre sus principales influencias se encuentran músicos de la talla de Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly y Ahmad Jamal, entre otros. Biografía[editar] ...

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