Stir It Up: The Music of Bob Marley

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
How do you reconcile a harmonically basic, rhythmically upside-down idiom like Bob Marley's reggae with the bop-derived environment in which pianist Monty Alexander usually works? Indeed, Alexander prefers not to choose, gambling audaciously by combining a six-piece Jamaican reggae rhythm section, the Gumption Band, with a three-piece jazz rhythm team. That makes for an interesting tussle; one rhythm section surges in front of the other and vice versa in a constant battle for supremacy the Gumption Band usually comes off as the more dominant force. Sometimes Monty is limited to just a single right-hand line "Is This Love?"; a '90s equivalent of those '60s albums where...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
How do you reconcile a harmonically basic, rhythmically upside-down idiom like Bob Marley's reggae with the bop-derived environment in which pianist Monty Alexander usually works? Indeed, Alexander prefers not to choose, gambling audaciously by combining a six-piece Jamaican reggae rhythm section, the Gumption Band, with a three-piece jazz rhythm team. That makes for an interesting tussle; one rhythm section surges in front of the other and vice versa in a constant battle for supremacy the Gumption Band usually comes off as the more dominant force. Sometimes Monty is limited to just a single right-hand line "Is This Love?"; a '90s equivalent of those '60s albums where mainstream bopsters restrained themselves trying to cover Top 40 tunes. Not until "Stir It Up," which sounds a bit like Ahmad Jamal getting into the reggae groove, does Monty at last sound like a melodically free man. "No Woman, No Cry" ignites midway with a good fusion of a pure reggae groove and some harmonically advanced jazz, "So Ja Sah" has a swinging union of the two sections that also respects Marley's unusual rhythmic concept, and there is a hot remix of "Could You Be Loved" as a bonus track with master drummer Sly Dunbar. Guest trombonist Steve Turre seems right at home with the reggae gait on "Running Away" and gets a straight-ahead bop solo in a slightly frenetic "I Shot the Sheriff." There isn't any doubt that Alexander loves Marley's music -- listen to his simple, touching Marley elegy "Nesta He Touched the Sky" -- yet this attempt to pay homage only comes together in patches.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1999
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408346927
  • Catalog Number: 83469
  • Sales rank: 29,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jammin' (6:19)
  2. 2 Kaya (4:26)
  3. 3 The Heathen (5:25)
  4. 4 Could You Be Loved (4:04)
  5. 5 Running Away (6:43)
  6. 6 Stir It Up (5:18)
  7. 7 Is This Love (4:57)
  8. 8 No Woman, No Cry (6:13)
  9. 9 Crisis (6:09)
  10. 10 I Shot the Sheriff (6:25)
  11. 11 So Jah Seh (6:53)
  12. 12 Nesta (He Touched the Sky) (3:00)
  13. 13 Could You Be Loved (5:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Monty Alexander Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Glen Browne Bass
Troy Davis Drums
Sly Dunbar Track Performer
Steve Turre Trombone, Track Performer, Conch Shell
Dwight Dawes Keyboards
Derek DiCenzo Guitar
Rolando Wilson Drums
Robert Angus Guitar
Desmond Jones Percussion
Hassan J. J. Wiggins Bass
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Glen Browne Arranger, Director, Producer
Sly Dunbar Remixing
Jack Renner Engineer
Dennis Thompson Sound Advisor
Robert Woods Producer
Robert Friedrich Engineer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction, Cover Design
Dermott Hussey Liner Notes
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