Ballad Essentials

Ballad Essentials

by Monty Alexander


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Ballad Essentials

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2000
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431490326
catalogNumber: 4903
Rank: 108644

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monty Alexander   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

Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Darren Wong   Art Direction

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