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Monty Alexander – Calypso Blue: The Songs Of Nat King Cole (2008) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Monty Alexander – Calypso Blue: The Songs Of Nat King Cole (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:05 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet

Monty Alexander follows up his tribute to Tony Bennett with an homage to another classic jazz singer, Nat King Cole. Also recorded in New York City at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with the same trio of Chicagoans Lorin Cohen on bass and drummer George Fludas, the veteran pianist seems more in his element with this artist’s repertoire, one that sharply defined his own sound and thinking about popular jazz. Though all of the tunes selected are not so closely linked to Cole’s hit parade songbook, the way Alexander plays them with subtlety and depth does reflect what made Cole the king in the late ’50s and early ’60s. With the immaculate sound and performance by this fine trio–not to mention that they don’t play Cole’s songbook by rote or by the numbers–it’s hard to fault the effort, heart, and soul behind a concept album that should delight many jazz listeners.

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Monty Alexander – Calypso Blue: The Songs Of Nat King Cole (2008) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Monty Alexander – Calypso Blue: The Songs Of Nat King Cole (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:05 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet

Monty Alexander follows up his tribute to Tony Bennett with an homage to another classic jazz singer, Nat King Cole. Also recorded in New York City at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with the same trio of Chicagoans Lorin Cohen on bass and drummer George Fludas, the veteran pianist seems more in his element with this artist’s repertoire, one that sharply defined his own sound and thinking about popular jazz. Though all of the tunes selected are not so closely linked to Cole’s hit parade songbook, the way Alexander plays them with subtlety and depth does reflect what made Cole the king in the late ’50s and early ’60s. With the immaculate sound and performance by this fine trio–not to mention that they don’t play Cole’s songbook by rote or by the numbers–it’s hard to fault the effort, heart, and soul behind a concept album that should delight many jazz listeners.

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Monty Alexander – Perception (1974/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Monty Alexander – Perception (1974/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 43:19 minutes | 821 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

“Perception” is 1974’s album by American (born in Jamaica) pianist / composer Monty Alexander, who started as a young prodigy and later on recorded many albums for the German MPS (Musik Produktion Schwarzwald) label in the 1970s and early 1980s.

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Monty Alexander – The Way It Is (1979/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Monty Alexander – The Way It Is (1979/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 45:56 minutes | 809 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

“The Way It Is” is 1979’s album by American (born in Jamaica) pianist / composer Monty Alexander, who started as a young prodigy and later on recorded many albums for the German MPS (Musik Produktion Schwarzwald) label in the 1970s and early 1980s.

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Ernest Ranglin & Monty Alexander – Untitled (aka Just Friends) (1981/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Ernest Ranglin & Monty Alexander – Untitled (aka Just Friends) (1981/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 49:17 minutes | 850 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

Originally released on MPS Records, this is a subtle and fairly creative duet set featuring pianist Monty Alexander and the Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin. On seven standards (including “Just Friends”, “If I Should Lose You” and “Fly Me To The Moon”) and three originals, Alexander and Ranglin listen closely to each other and indulge in some tight musical interaction. Although boppish, the music is not overly predictable; the musicians’ mutual respect is obvious. Well worth searching for.

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Monty Alexander – Never Let Me Go: Chesky’s Best Of Monty Alexander (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Monty Alexander – Never Let Me Go: Chesky’s Best Of Monty Alexander (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:07:36 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Chesky Records

Monty Alexander’s virtuosity was apparent from an early age, learning to play by ear at four. Seventy years on, Alexander’s talents have continued to grow and evolve, resulting in three of the most inspiring recordings in the Chesky catalog – The Good Life: The Music of Tony Bennett, Calypso Blues: The Music of Nat King Cole, and Caribbean Circle. Never Let Me Go: Chesky’s Best of Monty Alexander serves as an auditory tour of some of Monty’s finest moments on Chesky Records. If you’re new to Monty’s material, prepare for excellence in its purest form.

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Monty Alexander – Love You Madly – Live at Bubba’s (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Monty Alexander – Love You Madly – Live at Bubba’s (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:31:47 minutes | 2,06 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Resonance Records

Live at Bubba’s is a previously-unissued recording of the Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander captured live in Fort Lauderdale, FL at Bubba’s Jazz Restaurant on August 6, 1982. Recorded by legendary engineer Mack Emerman, Live at Bubba’s features bassist Paul Berner, drummer Duffy Jackson and the acclaimed percussionist Robert Thomas, Jr. The deluxe limited-edition 2CD set includes an extensive booklet with photos, essays and interviews.

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Monty Alexander – We’ve Only Just Begun (1972/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Monty Alexander – We’ve Only Just Begun (1972/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 44:50 minutes | 838 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

Monty Alexander’s career was beginning to take off at the time of this 1971 club date at the Monticello in Rochester, NY. Accompanied by Dave Brubeck’s former bassist, Eugene Wright, and veteran drummer Bobby Durham, who was recording extensively with Oscar Peterson, the young pianist kicks off the set with an ambitious, quote-filled rendition of a great standard “It Could Happen to You.” The inclusion of several familiar popular tunes of the period, namely Michel Legrand’s haunting “Summer of ’42 Theme,” Henry Mancini’s bittersweet “Love Story Theme,” and even “We’ve Only Just Begun” (a mega-hit for the Carpenters which actually began life as background music for a bank commercial), doesn’t detract from the album in the least, due to Alexander’s imaginative approaches to each of the tunes. The one original of the date is Alexander’s funky “Monticello.” This well-recorded date has been out of print since BASF quit manufacturing records in the U.S. in the mid-’70s, so it may be somewhat difficult to acquire.

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Monty Alexander – The Duke Ellington Song Book (1984/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Monty Alexander – The Duke Ellington Song Book (1984/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 52:41 minutes | 817 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

Monty Alexander’s „The Duke Ellington Song Book“ featuring John Clayton on bass, playing some of the best jazz material you could ask for! This rare recording and High-Res remaster is a must-have for. This reissue is a part of the ‘MPS – Most Perfect Sound Edition’. The original master tapes were transferred to digital with dCS 904.

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Monty Alexander – Monty Strikes Again (1976/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Monty Alexander – Monty Strikes Again (1976/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 41:41 minutes | 792 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

Not every musician can pull off a program in front of an audience that ranges through a wide variety of jazz styles, but Monty Alexander does so, even within the opener, “On Green Dolphin Street.” Starting this familiar standard in a bop mode, he detours into boogie-woogie until guitarist Ernest Ranglin takes over. His lovely improvised introduction to “Emily” gives way to a much slower than typical arrangement, which emphasizes the beauty of Henry Mancini’s original conception, though with a few changes incorporated by the leader. Alexander likely lifted a few eyebrows when he began playing Scott Joplin’s classic rag “The Entertainer.” After one straight-ahead chorus, he segues into a hard bop setting, trading hot licks with Ranglin. “Chameleon,” Herbie Hancock’s funk masterpiece from the fusion era, is next, but Alexander’s quartet eschews any electronic keyboards or special effects, just digging into it with gusto. The leader also contributed two strong originals to the date. Recorded for the German label MPS, this highly recommended LP is long overdue to be reissued.

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