Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston

Monty Alexander - Harlem-Kingston Express Vol.2- The River Rolls On (2014) {Motema}

Monty Alexander - Harlem-Kingston Express Vol.2- The River Rolls On (2014) {Motema}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 392MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, World Fusion

The River Rolls On is the second CD by Monty's Harlem-Kingston Express, a followup to the collective's Grammy-nominated 2011 live album for Motema. The group embodies Alexander's desire to merge the two styles: Monty says while the recording was made in New York, it made him feel as if he was in a local club in his hometown of Kingston. For this new one, Monty is joined by his core ensemble of Hassan Shakur on acoustic bass, guitarist Yotam Silberstein, and drummers Karl Wright and Obed Calvaire. They are joined by Earl Appleton on keyboards, electric bassist Joshua Thomas, guitarist Andy Bassford and percussionist Courtney Panton.

Monty Alexander - Reunion in Europe (1997)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Sept. 22, 2016
Monty Alexander - Reunion in Europe (1997)

Monty Alexander - Reunion in Europe (1997)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 48:53 min | 112 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Concord Records

Pianist Monty Alexander had a reunion tour with his former sidemen, bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, in 1983. The resulting CD was recorded live in a West German club. Alexander is the main soloist (as expected) but Clayton has several memorable spots where he utilizes his bow, particularly on Charlie Chaplin's "Smile." Other highlights of this excellent straight-ahead release include "Two Bass Hit," Clayton's '"Blues for Stephanie," and "Love You Madly." Recommended.

Monty Alexander - Caribbean Circle (1992) REPOST  Music

Posted by uff at Aug. 26, 2016
Monty Alexander - Caribbean Circle (1992) REPOST

Monty Alexander - Caribbean Circle (1992)
Jazz | 1cd | XLD Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Chesky, JD80 | rel: 1992 | 295Mb

First-rate example of connecting diverse styles and traditions. Alexander, a solid soloist well versed in Caribbean music, integrates rhythms from the islands into his solos, yet retains the jazz edge and drive. A great supporting cast as well which includes Slide Hampton and Jon Faddis.

Monty Alexander - My America (2002)  Music

Posted by uff at Aug. 12, 2016
Monty Alexander - My America (2002)

Monty Alexander - My America (2002)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Telarc CD-83552 | rel: 2002 | 350Mb

Over his long recording and performing career, Monty Alexander has displayed an ability to excel with any jazz or related genre. From swing to bop and hard bop, from reggae to mainstream jazz, you name it and Alexander has done it and done it well.

Monty Alexander - Live At The Iridium (2005)  Music

Posted by uff at July 23, 2016
Monty Alexander - Live At The Iridium (2005)

Monty Alexander - Live At The Iridium (2005)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Telarc, CD-83610 | rec: 2004 | 385Mb

One of the most brilliant of the modern mainstream jazz pianists to emerge since the mid-'60s, Monty Alexander is in top form throughout this 2005 live set. Other than hints of reggae on "Runnin' Away," this is very much a straight-ahead set. While Oscar Peterson is clearly an inspiration, Alexander has long had his own approach, whether digging into "The Work Song," expressing honest emotion on "My Mother's Eyes," or romping on "Happylypso/Funji Mama."
Monty Alexander - The Good Life: Monty Alexander Plays The Songs Of Tony Bennett (2008)

Monty Alexander - The Good Life: Monty Alexander Plays The Songs Of Tony Bennett (2008)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Ape + Cue + Log | covers
Chesky SACD340; SACD Red Book Layer | rel: 2008 | 310Mb

Monty Alexander has always been a fine jazz pianist, but in recent years he has received more popular acclaim for interpreting the reggae music of his native Jamaica. While his reggae efforts are well done, straight-ahead jazz and interpreting standards are really his forte. For The Good Life, Alexander has chosen to riff on tunes from the repertoire of Tony Bennett – not the most popular or well-known, or even written by the singer – but a good cross section of his set list over the decades.
The Monty Alexander Trio - Montreux Alexander Live! (1977)

The Monty Alexander Trio - Montreux Alexander Live! (1977)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
MPS, 817 487-2 | rec: 1976; rel: 1995 | 290Mb

Pianist Monty Alexander did some of his finest recordings for the MPS label. This live trio set with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton (reissued on CD) features Alexander playing his usual repertoire of the period with blues, standards ("Satin Doll," "Work Song" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic") and a version of "Feelings" that uplifts the song a bit (although not enough).

Monty Alexander's Ivory & Steel - Jamboree (1988)  Music

Posted by uff at May 17, 2016
Monty Alexander's Ivory & Steel - Jamboree (1988)

Monty Alexander's Ivory & Steel - Jamboree (1988)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Picante Concord CCD4359 | rel: 1988 | 310Mb

Pianist Monty Alexander's "Ivory And Steel" group combines together bop-based jazz with Jamaican calypsoes and West Indian rhythms. On this quite enjoyable set, Alexander utilizes both Othello and Len "Boogsie" Sharpe on steel drums, either Marshall Wood or Bernard Montgomery on bass, drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith and the hand drums of Robert Thomas Jr. Alexander contributed four of the rhythmic originals which are joined by some Jamaican folk songs (including "Sly Mangoose"), Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" and a couple of obscurities.
Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone - Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone (2002) (2CD Edition)

Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone - Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone (2002) (2CD Edition)
Jazz | SACD + CD | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Telarc CD-83562; SACD Red Book layer | rel: 2002 | 630Mb

It would be nice to say that Ray Brown's final recording session before his sudden and untimely death in the summer of 2002 resulted in a masterpiece, but although this trio session with guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Monty Alexander is perfectly serviceable, a masterpiece it is not. It's a very attractive album – Brown was probably not capable of producing anything less as a leader – but it suffers just a bit from Alexander's slightly sugary style and from the lack of a drummer.

Monty Alexander - Monty Meets Sly And Robbie (2000)  Music

Posted by uff at April 1, 2016
Monty Alexander - Monty Meets Sly And Robbie (2000)

Monty Alexander - Monty Meets Sly And Robbie (2000)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Telarc CD-83494 | rel: 2000 | 365Mb

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 beautifully here for a number of reasons: first of all, Alexander is a gifted melodist with an unerring sense of groove (not always a given with jazz players), and second of all, Sly and Robbie emancipated themselves long ago from reggae's rhythmic strictures, so there's lots of variety on this album.