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On Monty Meets Sly and Robbie, pianist and Kingston, Jamaica native Monty Alexander teams up with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespearereggaes most respected and experienced rhythm sectionto create a killer combination of classic soul tunes, funky jazz and modern grooves with a hardcore, dub flavor.
Sophisticated and down-to-earth, Monty Meets Sly and Robbie crafts its own blend of jazzy soul infused with fresh beats and a stripped-to-the-bone sound. Rousing takes on Joe Zawinuls "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," The Stylistics "People Make The World Go Round," Ramsey Lewis "The In Crowd," Herbie Hancocks "Chameleon," and other numbers from the late 50s and 60s, connect Alexander not only to jazz, but to an equally worthy legacy of soul.
Monty Alexander grew up in Kingston, Jamaica where he began piano lessons at the age of six. While still a youngster, he enjoyed the performances of Louis Armstrong and Nat "King" Cole, and his style of playing was deeply affected by their joyful gospel of jazz. In 1963, Alexander was performing in Las Vegas, Nevada with Art Mooneys Orchestra and was observed by Jilly Rizzo and "the chairman of the board" Frank Sinatra. Jilly hired him to work at his club in New York City, and it was there that he met and was hired by Milt Jackson. Soon after, he began an association with bassist Ray Brown that lasted for years. He also went on to perform with such jazz legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Sonny Rollins. Over the years, hes also collaborated with Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin. Alexander continues to tour extensively.
On his 1999 Telarc debut, Stir It Up: The Music of Bob Marley (CD-83469), Alexander gave the jazz treatment to such well-known Marley compositions as "I Shot The Sheriff," "No Woman No Cry," "Is This Love?" and "Jammin." This groundbreaking project also featured special guest Steve Turre on trombone and conch shell, and Sly Dunbars remixed version of "Could You Be Loved."
Sly Dunbar, drums, rhythm and programming; Robbie Shakespeare, bass; Handel Tucker, additional keyboards; Desmond Jones, drum fills; Jay Davidson, saxophone; Steve Jankowski, trumpet.
Selections: Chameleon, Monty's Groove, Soulful Strut, The In Crowd, Sidewinder, People Who Make The World Go Round, (Do The) Kool Step, Moanin', Mercy, Mercy, Hot Milk.