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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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz/Universal
  • ASIN: B0000006CU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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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