Ray Brown / Monty Alexander / Russell Malone
Before he left us in july 2, 2002, Ray Brown reigned as the king of jazz bassists for over five decades. It further proves that no one has, or will, play the bass like Ray Brown. As a disciple of oscar pettiford and jimmy blanton, and swinging drive propelled Ella Fitzgerald, Milt Jackson, impeccable technique, Oscar Peterson, Brown's sturdy tone, and countless other jazz stars to fame.
. On this cd, brown is joined by the young guitar wizard Russell Malone and the lyrical, his 18th recording for the Telarc label and his fifth in his celebrated Best Friends series, Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander. Eugene Holley Jr. The drumless lineup is a tribute to the groundbreaking trios Brown lead with Oscar Peterson, and the music is simply remarkable.
If that isn't enough, this specially priced set also contains another CD with tracks from Brown's previous Telarc releases, selected by producer Elaine Martone. With alexander's flowing pianisms shadowed by Malone's articulate guitar work, Brown's deep grooves are only topped by his flawless melodic ideas.
Monty Alexander Trio
Alexander's playing combines proficiency with the feel of the Caribbean and a touch of gospel. Shrink-wrapped. This 1976 album captures the time in Alexander's young career when he began to be compared to musical giants such as Oscar Peterson. Montreux alexander, performing live at the famed festival by Lake Geneva.
Disc two, 'overseas Special', features the dynamic trio live in Japan. The trio's relentless rhythmic drive and incessant swing made it of one of jazz's most exciting trios. Disc one, originally titled 'Trio', captures the distinctive interplay of the remarkable threesome in the recording studio. Personnel: monty alexander piano, Ray Brown bass, Herb Ellis guitar Shrink-wrapped.
. This 2cd reissue of two previously released concord cds features the Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander, who deliver inspired, and jazz guitar icon Herb Ellis, bass legend Ray Brown, straight-ahead jazz at its swinging finest.
Harlem-Kingston Express Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, NYC
54th annual grammy Awards Finalist as Best Reggae Album. A live and powerful follow up to Stir It Up, Alexanderslauded Bob Marley Tribute. The rarefied and infectiously joyous mood thatpervaded Dizzy s Club during Monty Alexander s sold-out run at Jazz atLincoln Center in July 2010 is brilliantly captured in on this reggae-jazzfusion disc.
Shrink-wrapped. Harlem kingston express finds the jamaican jazz legend inrare form rockin it simultaneously with his jazz quartet and a powerhousereggae posse in New York City with additional tracks from dates in Jamaicaand Europe.
Stir It Up
The ska-guitar scratches drive "is this Love?" and Alexander's gospelish pianisms echo Marley's loving laments on "No Woman No Cry. Steve turre makes a guest appearance and his splendid seashell sound heralds "I Shot the Sheriff. Alexander's plaintive composition "Nesta"--Marley's middle name--is spiced by Jones's Rastafarian nyabinghi conga rhythms and completes this jazzy "jump up" carnival.
Eugene Holley Jr. This cd is a happy hybrid of all of the above. Shrink-wrapped. Alexander and crew stick to Marley's melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures. The jamaican-born pianist monty alexander has worked with musicians such as Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sonny Rollins, but over the years he has always managed to wed North American improvisation to reggae and Jamaican folk rhythms.
Spliff anthem "jamming, piercing melodica, " title tune "kaya, " and "Could You Be Loved" can rock any sports utility vehicle or summer festival, while "Heathen" rings with Alexander's raindrop chords, and ethereal tonal shadings. The result: imagine the nat king Cole Trio sitting in with the Wailers and you'll get the CD's boppish island-breezed vibe.
Alexander weaves his american rhythm section consisting of drummer troy davis, and guitarist Derrick Di Cenzo with the five-man Jamaican ensemble Gumption--who back up dancehall stars like Buju Banton: drummer Rolando Alphonso, bassist Hassan Shakur, bassist Glen Brownie, guitarist Robert Angus, keyboardist Dwight Dawes, and percussionist Desy Jones.
Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On
Commander zander s reggae-fied one-love groove jazz party continuesin high studio style on this rock-steady follow up to his 2011 Grammy®- nominated, chart-topping Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. Shrink-wrapped. The piano genius enters his 70th year with this infectiously grooving reggae/jazz fusion studio project, featuring great live bonus tracks.
Between that cd and harlem-kingston express live, Alexander has officially dominated the US Radio Charts with three # 1 spots, all in the summer of 2011. Harlem-kingston express motema, also 2011 was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category. Alexanders 2011 album uplift topped the JazzWeek chart twice that yearand when JazzWeek charted the most-played CDs of the year, Uplift was #5.
Shrink-wrapped. Dizzy reese, and harry beckett are from jamaica, but perhaps the islands best-known jazz export is Monty Alexander, Ernest Ranglin, a pianist thats been enthralling jazz fans for decades. Jamaica is known for the undulating sounds of reggae, but it also contributed mightily to the jazz continuum.
Ballad Essentials: Monty Alexander
Featuring a collection of some of Alexander's best ballad performances. With an encyclopedic jazz piano vocabulary, a keen knack for colorful reharmonization, Jamaica born pianist Monty Alexander, and an unerring, world-wise sense of rhythm, brings a new vitality to popular ballads. Track highlights include: "here's that rainy day, " "body And Soul, " "Because You're Mine, " "I'm a Fool to Want You" and more! Shrink-wrapped.
Concrete Jungle: The Music Of Bob Marley
In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording 2 CD
The concert was organized by jazz producer and impresario Alan Bates to the great delight of European audiences who had long wanted to see Wes perform live, but his severe fear of flying had kept him in the states. Featuring an all-star band with pianist harold mabern, the deluxe 2cd set includes an extensive 32-page booklet with stunning archival photos taken at the concert from famed music photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir; essays from historian and director of operations in jazz studies at Rutgers University, Resonance producer Zev Feldman and associate producer Pascal Rozat from INA; plus interviews with pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Arthur Harper and drummer Jimmy Lovelace, Vincent Pelote, with special guest tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, renowned guitarist Russell Malone and more.
In paris: the definitive ortf recording captures jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery on his only tour of Europe on the night of March 27, 1965 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. Shrink-wrapped. The first official release of this legendary concert, In Paris is being released in partnership with the Institutnational de l'audiovisuel INA with remastered, high-resolution audio transferred directly from the original tape reels.