Monty Alexander – Monty Strikes Again (1976/2014) [HighResAudio FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Monty Alexander – Monty Strikes Again (1976/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 41:41 minutes | 792 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

Not every musician can pull off a program in front of an audience that ranges through a wide variety of jazz styles, but Monty Alexander does so, even within the opener, “On Green Dolphin Street.” Starting this familiar standard in a bop mode, he detours into boogie-woogie until guitarist Ernest Ranglin takes over. His lovely improvised introduction to “Emily” gives way to a much slower than typical arrangement, which emphasizes the beauty of Henry Mancini’s original conception, though with a few changes incorporated by the leader. Alexander likely lifted a few eyebrows when he began playing Scott Joplin’s classic rag “The Entertainer.” After one straight-ahead chorus, he segues into a hard bop setting, trading hot licks with Ranglin. “Chameleon,” Herbie Hancock’s funk masterpiece from the fusion era, is next, but Alexander’s quartet eschews any electronic keyboards or special effects, just digging into it with gusto. The leader also contributed two strong originals to the date. Recorded for the German label MPS, this highly recommended LP is long overdue to be reissued.

01 – Green Dolphin Street
02 – Emily
03 – Alypso
04 – The Entertainer
05 – Chameleon
06 – Unlimited Love

Produced & Recorded by Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer.
Recorded in October, 1974 for MPS label.
Digitally Remastered.

Monty Alexander – piano
Ernest Ranglin – guitar
Eberhard Weber – bass
Kenny Clare – drums