Uplift

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
During his long career, pianist Monty Alexander excelled in trio settings, and he's primarily heard in this collection of live performances at various venues with two different groups, with these recordings all coming from his personal archives. Kicking off with an inspired, upbeat "Come Fly with Me" forever associated with vocalist Frank Sinatra, Alexander seems in a jovial mood throughout most of the CD. He has a lot of fun with "Sweet Georgia Brown," opening with a bit of stride before shifting into a wild ride incorporating some Thelonious Monk-like dissonance, but in the typical uptempo setting favored by Oscar Peterson. His interpretation of John Lewis' "Django" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
During his long career, pianist Monty Alexander excelled in trio settings, and he's primarily heard in this collection of live performances at various venues with two different groups, with these recordings all coming from his personal archives. Kicking off with an inspired, upbeat "Come Fly with Me" forever associated with vocalist Frank Sinatra, Alexander seems in a jovial mood throughout most of the CD. He has a lot of fun with "Sweet Georgia Brown," opening with a bit of stride before shifting into a wild ride incorporating some Thelonious Monk-like dissonance, but in the typical uptempo setting favored by Oscar Peterson. His interpretation of John Lewis' "Django" retains its standard dramatic introduction; then he subtly swings it with a brief detour into "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," adding a bluesy air to it. At times, he inserts licks from a number of different songs à la Art Tatum or Dorothy Donegan, especially in the unusually hilarious setting of "Body and Soul." The closing medley begins with Alexander's sentimental ballad "Home," then segues into a lively, calypso-flavored performance of Blue Mitchell's "Fungii Mama." Alexander's Uplift is well-named, as these live recordings represent some of his best work from his half-century as a professional jazz pianist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Retrieval Records
  • UPC: 764942236223
  • Catalog Number: 1001012
  • Sales rank: 59,316

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come Fly With Me (6:18)
  2. 2 One Mint Julep (5:53)
  3. 3 Renewal (6:44)
  4. 4 Sweet Georgia Brown (5:34)
  5. 5 I Just Can't See For Lookin' (8:58)
  6. 6 Django (7:36)
  7. 7 Body and Soul (6:53)
  8. 8 Hope (7:07)
  9. 9 Home (1:45)
  10. 10 Fungii Mama (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Monty Alexander Primary Artist, Piano
Herlin Riley Drums
Frits Landesbergen Drums
Hassan Shakur Bass, Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Monty Alexander Composer
John Lewis Composer
Blue Mitchell Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Paul Wickliffe Mastering
John Lee Producer, Liner Notes
Lore Dore Artwork
Lisa Broderick Executive Producer
Nadine Stamford Composer
Edward Pagan Graphic Design
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