Monty Alexander's Jamaican heritage and its indelible influence on his music figure in this stimulating album. Equal in importance is the pianist's absorption of the jazz tradition. Alexander brings together four musicians steeped in the sunny harmonies and irresistible rhythms of the Caribbean and two colleagues from the mainstream of modern jazz. The Jamaican felicities of Vince Charles's steel drums, Larry McDonald's percussion, Roger Bethelmy's drums, and Ernest Ranglin's guitar go hand in glove with the straight-ahead drive of drummer Duffy Jackson and bassist Andy Simpkins. Alexander's compositions feature reggae, merengue, and mento rhythms. His piano improvisations reflect his admiration for the styles of Nat Cole and Oscar Peterson. Melding all of these elements, Alexander comes up with an approach that is unmistakably his own and likely to incite dancing as well as listening.
Accompong, Slippery, Sugar Loaf at Twilight, Weekend in L.A., Jamento, Mango Rengue
with Ernest Ranglin, Andy Simpkins, Roger Bethelmy, Duffy Jackson, Vince Charles, Larry McDonald