The Monty Alexander Trio/Here Comes The Sun 180g LP
180 Gram Pressing! Analogue Remastering (AAA)!
This 1971 recording signals the beginning of Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander’s
fruitful relationship with MPS, lasting over a decade and encompassing some
dozen albums. Originally touted as heir to Oscar Peterson’s crown, Alexander is
famous for his virtuoso melding of jazz, the sounds of the Caribbean and blues.
The classic Dave Brubeck Quartet’s bassist Eugene Wright, calypso percussionist
Montego Joe, and ace drummer Duffy Jackson round out the quartet. Montevideo
jumps off with percussive Latin two-beat verve and a witty piano filled with
quotes. The ballad Where is Love is a searching romantic serenade, and Monty
transforms the Beatle’s Here Comes The Sun into blues-laced Latinesque with a
taste of boogie. Monty takes the standard Love Walked In at a brisk pace as he
demonstrates his considerable straight-ahead jazz chops, bop quotes and all.
Check out the tasty walking bass and drum solos. The luscious calypso Brown Skin
Girl is followed by Monty’s tender, wistful solo rendition of his The Dream Is
Mine. The group stretches out on Miles Davis’ iconic So What, grounding the tune
with a driving Latin-rock beat. They say variety is the spice of life and Monty
Alexander and co. have seasoned this album to perfection.
• 180g Audiophile pressing
• Analogue remastering (AAA)
• Gatefold jacket
• Liner notes, remastering information and a picture of the original master tape
Monty Alexander, piano
Eugene Wright, bass
Montego Joe, congas
Duffy Jackson, drums
2. Where Is Love
3. Here Comes The Sun
4. Love Walked In
1. Brown Skin Girl
2. This Dream Of Mine
3. So What