Monday, December 29, 2008

The Monty Alexander 7 - Jamento

Year : 1978
Label : Pablo Records
Genre : Jazz, Reggae
Style : Fusion, Caribbean

A tribute to the Caribbean music combining Jazz, Reggae & Mento featuring probably the best jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin. Monty Alexander is a Jamaican pianist and melodica player influenced by Wynton Kelly, Art Tatum, Gene Harris and Ahmad Jamal. His piano improvisations reflect his admiration for the styles of Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson. He went to New York in 1962, met and became friends with bassist Ray Brown and vibrationist Milt Jackson. In California, in 1965, he recorded his first album, Alexander the Great, for Pacific Jazz at the age of 21. In order to obtain the perfect fusion of american Jazz & Carribean Sound, Monty recruits several artists of the caribbean musical scene as Larry McDonald from Jamaica & Roger Bethelmy from Trinidad and the use of Steel drums. Titles include Slippery by Ray Brown, George Benson' Weekend in L.A., Sugar Loaf At Twilight  by Richard Evans & three original tracks by Monty. All tracks arranged & produced by Monty Alexander.

Monty Alexander_piano
Andy Simpkins_bass
Ernest Ranglin_guitar
Duffy Jackson & Roger Bethelmy_drums
Larry McDonald_percussion
Vince Charles_steel drums

01. Accompony
02. Slippery
03. Sugar Loaf at Twilight
04. Weekend in L.A.
05. Jamento
06. Mango Rengue
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