My America

My America

by Monty AlexanderMonty Alexander

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Over his long recording and performing career, Monty Alexander has displayed an ability to excel with any jazz or related genre. From swing to bop and hard bop, from reggae to mainstream jazz, you name it and Alexander has done it and done it well. On his latest and fourth album for the Telarc label, the veteran pianist takes time to show his appreciation and gratitude to his adopted home, America, through a series of songs in honor of people and images that shaped his attitude toward this country, whether it be cowboy movies he used to see as a youngster in Jamaica or the impression made upon him by a variety of American performers, including Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and others of like diversity. Nor has he forgotten his Caribbean roots with a highly rhythmic version of Al Green's "Love and Happiness." Alexander's "Mack the Knife" is given a sort of gentile honky tonk burnish, while there is a bit of music hall piano in "Battle Hymn of the Republic" before he turns this patriotic song into a rousing swinger with gospel overtones. If this album needed a subtitle, it might be "Some of My Best Friends Are Singers," picking up on the device successfully used by his once-playing partner, Ray Brown. Alexander is joined on four cuts by Freddy Cole, John Pizzarelli, Kevin Mahogany, and Cat. As good as this vocalizing is, it's the infectious, bright playing of Alexander that lifts this album beyond the realm of the ordinary. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2002
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408355202
catalogNumber: 63552
Rank: 16165

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monty Alexander   Primary Artist,Piano,Melodica
Freddy Cole   Vocals
Cat   Vocals
Dalton Browne   Rhythm Guitar
Glen Browne   Bass
Desi Jones   Drums
Kevin Mahogany   Vocals
John Pizzarelli   Vocals
Leroy Barbie Romans   Keyboards
Derek DiCenzo   Guitar
Bobby Thomas   Percussion,Hand Drums
Leon Duncan   Bass

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Green   Composer
Monty Alexander   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Glen Browne   Musical Director,Music Direction
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Ron Lenhoff   Composer
Elaine Martone   Producer
Henry Mayer   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Hans Bradtke   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ed Meitner   Engineer
Adrian Mills   Producer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Tracy Martinson   Engineer

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