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Monty Alexander in Tokyo [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Monty Alexander commemorated his first tour of Japan in 1979 with this studio recording in Tokyo, with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Frank Gant. Although the pianist's interpretation of the standard "Broadway" is definitely in a hard bop groove, his shimmering runs are reminiscent of Oscar Peterson or Art Tatum. "Just in Time," powered by Gant's brushwork and Simpkins' imaginative bassline, finds the leader in more of a swinging mood, playfully inserting brief quotes from "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Down by the Riverside." The brisk interpretation of Oscar Pettiford's "Tricotism" explodes after a quick chorus of its well-known theme, with Alexander exploring the full range...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Monty Alexander commemorated his first tour of Japan in 1979 with this studio recording in Tokyo, with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Frank Gant. Although the pianist's interpretation of the standard "Broadway" is definitely in a hard bop groove, his shimmering runs are reminiscent of Oscar Peterson or Art Tatum. "Just in Time," powered by Gant's brushwork and Simpkins' imaginative bassline, finds the leader in more of a swinging mood, playfully inserting brief quotes from "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Down by the Riverside." The brisk interpretation of Oscar Pettiford's "Tricotism" explodes after a quick chorus of its well-known theme, with Alexander exploring the full range of the keyboard. Alexander's shining arrangement of "Never Let Me Go" a ballad forever associated with the late pianist Bill Evans is initially accompanied by Simpkins' lush arco bass and Gant's shimmering cymbals, before he transforms it into a spacious bossa nova. His driving take of Ma Rainey's memorable blues "See See Rider" could be used as fuel to ignite a dull party. Three bonus tracks from the same session have been added for this CD reissue, including an imaginative reworking of John Coltrane's "Impressions," an unusually funky "Nature Boy" and a delightful reworking of Sonny Rollins' famous calypso "St. Thomas," punctuated by Simpkins' singing along with his bubbly bass solo. This is easily one of Monty Alexander's best recordings of his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218709828
  • Catalog Number: 1098
  • Sales rank: 117,852

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Broadway (5:11)
  2. 2 Just in Time (5:49)
  3. 3 Sweet Lady (4:53)
  4. 4 Tricotism (5:35)
  5. 5 Never Let Me Go (7:44)
  6. 6 Montevideo (5:23)
  7. 7 Pawnbroker (3:41)
  8. 8 See See Rider (4:58)
  9. 9 Impessions (8:19)
  10. 10 Nature Boy (7:46)
  11. 11 St. Thomas (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Monty Alexander Primary Artist, Piano
Frank Gant Drums
Andy Simpkins Bass, Double Bass
Technical Credits
Monty Alexander Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Quincy Jones Composer
Oscar Pettiford Composer
Sonny Rollins Composer
Richard Evans Composer
Ma Rainey Composer
Billy Bird Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Adolph Green Composer
Stephen Hart Remixing
Jay Livingston Composer
Teddy McRae Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Eden Ahbez Composer
Phil Stern Cover Photo
Henri Woode Composer
Robert L. Doerschuk Liner Notes
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