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Facets

Monty AlexanderAudio CD
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In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, ... Read more in Amazon's Monty Alexander Store

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  • Audio CD (January 13, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B0000006CU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
2. Lost April
3. I'm Walkin'
4. Hard Times
5. Hold 'Em Joe
6. Consider
7. Speak Low
8. Tune Up
9. Blues For Dewey
10. To The Ends Of The Earth

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Full Monty August 16, 2007
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Monty's first recording for Concord and when he was inarguably at the top of his game. Some listeners will prefer the on-location sessions for all of the pianist's twists and turns and various surprises with each chorus. But this studio date is as good as any I've heard by Monty early or late. Moreover, it's some of his most straightahead, purely "singing" playing, as the pianist puts aside the inventive games (even with dynamics and tonal colors) in favor of great "blowing" piano, showing us the technique and melodic ideas, the pure substance he's made of.

Monty's main game has been to take tunes people are familiar with and swing the heck out of them, delighting the listener with each chorus. Hard to do when people no longer have a shared common repertory and have had the swinging pendulum of the brain, the pulse of the heart, pounded into mechanical submission. But listen to what he does with an unfamiliar tune (though once sung by Nat Cole): "Lost April" is worth your undivided attention.

Even Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton have never sounded as tight together. Moreover, the audio is pristine. If there were any "justice" in the arts, or discerning ears among the public, this one would be a major seller with a new reissue every several years. As it currently stands, American major labels aren't even bothering to record jazz any more, and Concord Music has become nothing more than a huge marketing warehouse run by trend followers and misguided, unmusical, yuppie, MBA market-makers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facets is a Great Album May 22, 2000
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Monty Alexander is the essence of the perfect pianist. He is a joy to listen to. Facets is quite literally, a great album. Monty and Ray Brown are wonderful together.
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