Ballad Essentials

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 2000, Monty Alexander was an obvious choice for Concord Jazz's Ballad Essentials series. The Jamaican pianist had recorded at least 14 albums for Concord, and he had a reputation for being a very lyrical and expressive ballad player. This collection, which spans 1980-1996, could have easily been a two-CD set, but instead, Concord chooses to be more concise and keeps it down to a single disc. You won't hear any horn solos on this CD; more often that not, Alexander is heard as a trio pianist, and that format serves him well on such standards as "Body and Soul" and "For All We Know." Meanwhile, Alexander's talents as an unaccompanied solo pianist are evident on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 2000, Monty Alexander was an obvious choice for Concord Jazz's Ballad Essentials series. The Jamaican pianist had recorded at least 14 albums for Concord, and he had a reputation for being a very lyrical and expressive ballad player. This collection, which spans 1980-1996, could have easily been a two-CD set, but instead, Concord chooses to be more concise and keeps it down to a single disc. You won't hear any horn solos on this CD; more often that not, Alexander is heard as a trio pianist, and that format serves him well on such standards as "Body and Soul" and "For All We Know." Meanwhile, Alexander's talents as an unaccompanied solo pianist are evident on the hauntingly pretty "Estaté" from Vol. 40 of Concord's Live at Maybeck Recital Hall series and various gems from the pianist's Frank Sinatra tribute Echoes of Jilly's, including "I'm a Fool to Want You" and "Here's That Rainy Day." Most of the albums that Alexander recorded for Concord in the 1980s and 1990s are worth owning, but if you need a to-the-point summary of his ballad playing during those decades, Ballad Essentials is the logical choice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2000
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431490326
  • Catalog Number: 4903
  • Sales rank: 102,329

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Here's That Rainy Day (3:22)
  2. 2 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Troy Davis (5:04)
  3. 3 Estaté (6:15)
  4. 4 Body and Soul - Ray Brown (6:08)
  5. 5 The River - John Clayton (5:34)
  6. 6 Because You're Mine (3:00)
  7. 7 Cavatina - Othello Molineaux (3:58)
  8. 8 For All We Know - Monty Alexander & Herb Ellis (7:29)
  9. 9 Close Enough for Love (6:43)
  10. 10 September Song (2:35)
  11. 11 Maybe September - Dion Parson (6:14)
  12. 12 I'm a Fool to Want You (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Monty Alexander Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Herb Ellis Guitar, Track Performer
John Patitucci Bass, Track Performer
Gerald Wiggins Bass, Track Performer
Ed Thigpen Drums, Track Performer
Ray Brown Bass, Track Performer
John Clayton Bass, Track Performer
Ira Coleman Bass, Track Performer
Troy Davis Drums, Track Performer
Othello Molineaux Steel Drums, Track Performer
Dion Parson Drums, Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
George Horn Mastering
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
Darren Wong Art Direction
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