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Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander long ago combined together the influence of Oscar Peterson with the soul of Gene Harris and Nat "King" Cole to form his own appealing and personable style. Long a bit underrated (due to the shadow of Peterson), Alexander has recorded more than a score of excellent albums. Monty Alexander began piano lessons when he was six and he played professionally in Jamaican clubs while still a teenager; his band, Monty and the Cyclones, was quite popular locally during 1958-1960. He first played in the U.S. when he appeared in Las Vegas with Art Mooney's Orchestra. Soon he was accompanying a variety of top singers, formed a friendship with vibraphonist Milt Jackson, and began gigging with bassist Ray Brown. With the recording of a pair of Pacific Jazz albums in 1965, an RCA date in 1967, and a Verve session in 1969, Alexander began to gain a strong reputation. His series of exciting albums for MPS during 1971-1977 found him in prime form, and his recordings in the '80s, '90s, and 2000s found him building on his original style. Alexander, who often pays tribute to his Jamaican heritage, performs regularly with his own trio and swings hard in his own voice. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Monty needs to do another Florida Tour
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mrdelunt
A Bill Evans student ????
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Sorry for the following:
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary.put this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. This is scary because it really works.
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tadlad
Great Jazz chord sequences a given, but the Lyricism of his phrasing is almost beyond comrehention . TAD
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Monty has been one of my favorites for a long time...well kept secret. Which he was exposed to more jazz lovers.
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Reggae infused classical music??
Hmm....not bad
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1stchairflut e
Such a swinging pianist and group!
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Love Monty? I sure do and was a little hesitant when getting the Tony Bennet Christmas album done with Count Basie Orchestra and found one of the best jazz efforts, not even to say a new favorite holiday treat.
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I've seen Monty several times and it's always a great pleasure. He swings hard, with great feeling and I love the way he also integrates his Caribbean influences. A master pianist in the swinging soulful style of O.P.
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I was fortunate enough to see Monty at Zanzibar blue in Philadelphia , 2006, while he performed The Concrete Jungle. I also met him and a few members of his band. What a great guy and a fantastic band. It was my first trip to Zanzibar Blue, and unfortunatel y they closed in 2007. Monty Alexander is the man!
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lizdelsol
Enjoyed Monty Alexander Live at the Blue Note in NY - I am a new fan now!
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lovely fingers dancing on and caressing the ivory....
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stvined39
cool and relaxing rydem, very smooth.
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geelh
second only to Oscar
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Monty is the inspiration!
Pete
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monty is to jamaica what oscar is to canada a national treasure. he swings. i love his rendition of the star splangle banner. he's also donald byrd nephrew. can't help but be swinging
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Ditto, Roger.
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Good, but you can hardly put him in the same sentence with the genius of Oscar Peterson.
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duckdammit
like this cat
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I'm a forever fan! Brilliant style and such a classy gift to Reggae and Caribbean music!
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Monty Alexander is simply terrific. He has a touch that can adapt to multiple styles of music.
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miltonwalker








Impressed! He is new to me. Will seek out more of this talent. I can hear some Oscar and Gene influence... He is great.
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I have loved Monty Alexander for decades! I enjoyed him many times in Orlando, FL and met him in Chicago. Love it when he plays everything, pretty much, but especially Bob Marley, lately. I'm thrilled that he is still actively on tour and wish he would come to the Hawaiian islands.
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The best living pianist, in my view. Just love it when he plays standards. Somewhere, Oscar is smiling...
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Monty after all these years you're still jamming;the music is world class..Love the Concrete Jungle Album!!
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what a wonderful sound
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How cool is this? Brand new to the concept. Started out with Diana Krall and
ended up down a musical path to Mr. Alexander. Never heard him before, want more.
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I think his playing is better than ever. I've listening for over 30 years
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Simply as always.
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Alexander the Great is a must for Monty Alexander fans.
Thank me later !!!!!
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lawtonjpsp
looking for a song called you are the sunshine of my life by monty alexander off his love and sunshine lp which recently came out on cd.can you find it and play it?

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