Monty Alexander in Tokyo [Bonus Tracks]

Monty Alexander in Tokyo [Bonus Tracks]

by Monty AlexanderMonty Alexander

CD(Bonus Tracks)



Monty Alexander commemorated his first tour of Japan in 1979 with this studio recording in Tokyo, with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Frank Gant. Although the pianist's interpretation of the standard "Broadway" is definitely in a hard bop groove, his shimmering runs are reminiscent of Oscar Peterson or Art Tatum. "Just in Time," powered by Gant's brushwork and Simpkins' imaginative bassline, finds the leader in more of a swinging mood, playfully inserting brief quotes from "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Down by the Riverside." The brisk interpretation of Oscar Pettiford's "Tricotism" explodes after a quick chorus of its well-known theme, with Alexander exploring the full range of the keyboard. Alexander's shining arrangement of "Never Let Me Go" (a ballad forever associated with the late pianist Bill Evans) is initially accompanied by Simpkins' lush arco bass and Gant's shimmering cymbals, before he transforms it into a spacious bossa nova. His driving take of Ma Rainey's memorable blues "See See Rider" could be used as fuel to ignite a dull party. Three bonus tracks from the same session have been added for this CD reissue, including an imaginative reworking of John Coltrane's "Impressions," an unusually funky "Nature Boy" and a delightful reworking of Sonny Rollins' famous calypso "St. Thomas," punctuated by Simpkins' singing along with his bubbly bass solo. This is easily one of Monty Alexander's best recordings of his career.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2004
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218709828
catalogNumber: 1098

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monty Alexander   Primary Artist,Piano
Frank Gant   Drums
Andy Simpkins   Bass,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Monty Alexander   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Quincy Jones   Composer
Oscar Pettiford   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Richard Evans   Composer
Ma Rainey   Composer
Billy Bird   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Stephen Hart   Remixing
Jay Livingston   Composer
Teddy McRae   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Phil Stern   Cover Photo
Henri Woode   Composer
Robert L. Doerschuk   Liner Notes

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