MONTY ALEXANDER, UPLIFT


Jamaican born pianist Monty Alexander is well known for his two-fisted lyricism and an arresting technique that combines intensity with effusive swing. A prodigious player with over 62 released CDs to his credit, Frank Sinatra and nightclub owner Jilly Rizzo originally hired Alexander when he moved to the states at seventeen, nearly 50 years ago. “Uplift” (JLP Records) is a collection of personally selected concert performances by Alexander from the last three years, most featuring bassist Hassan Shakur and drummer Herlin Riley. Nearly every tune intersect at the avenues of swing and soul, highlighted by “Come Fly With Me,” “Django” and a pair of originals, an Ahmad Jamal-styled “Renewal” and a gospel-dusted “Hope.” It’s consistently compelling, and it makes you realize that anything Alexander plays is bound to come up aces. (10 tracks; 63:02 minutes) 
   

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JAZZ IN SPACE: MONTY ALEXANDER, UPLIFT

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

MONTY ALEXANDER, UPLIFT


Jamaican born pianist Monty Alexander is well known for his two-fisted lyricism and an arresting technique that combines intensity with effusive swing. A prodigious player with over 62 released CDs to his credit, Frank Sinatra and nightclub owner Jilly Rizzo originally hired Alexander when he moved to the states at seventeen, nearly 50 years ago. “Uplift” (JLP Records) is a collection of personally selected concert performances by Alexander from the last three years, most featuring bassist Hassan Shakur and drummer Herlin Riley. Nearly every tune intersect at the avenues of swing and soul, highlighted by “Come Fly With Me,” “Django” and a pair of originals, an Ahmad Jamal-styled “Renewal” and a gospel-dusted “Hope.” It’s consistently compelling, and it makes you realize that anything Alexander plays is bound to come up aces. (10 tracks; 63:02 minutes) 
   

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