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Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 24-JUN-2003

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Blue Rhapsody
  2. En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor
  3. Come Sunday/David Danced
  4. Creole Love Call
  5. Accompong
  6. Pointe-A-Pitre
  7. Elevthra
  8. Jumpin' At Capitol
  9. It's Only A Paper Moon
  10. Body And Soul
  11. I'm An Old Cowhand


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00009NH8S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jan P. Dennis on July 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've always wanted to like Monty Alexander more than I have. The Jamaican-born pianist with the impeccable taste, deft touch, and soft island ways has seldom seemed to find the right context to display his monster chops and Caribbean jazz sensibility.
Well, in this year of outstanding jazz releases, he's found it, and in spades. A kind of tour through popular jazz styles, Impressions in Blue succeeds because the leader has such a thorough knowledge of the various jazz sub-genres that he's able to find just the right approach to transform each from the mundane into the sublime. A deep knowledge of and love for the blues also helps a lot.
Divided into four parts with a tongue-in-cheek coda, "I'm and Old Cowhand," Impressions opens with two classical pieces: "Blue Rhapsody," a reworking of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" (aka, the United Airlines theme), and the Rodrigo piece, "En Aranjues con tu Amor." These, for me, work least well, partly because they're too straightforward. But they're still beautifully and loving rendered.
Next come a pair of Ellington tunes, "Come Sunday/David Danced" and "Creole Love Call." Alexander has a real feel for the Duke's music, he and finds the exact right approach to "Come Sunday"--deft, danceable, and s(w)inging, with just a touch of blues in the background, especially in the arco bass opening. With "Creole Love Call," were in the very heart of the blues. Taken at a very leisurely pace, drenched in melancholy, Alexander brilliantly plumbs its heartbreak.
Which brings us to the heart of the matter--three tunes under the heading Where the Trade Winds Blow. As great an interpreter of Duke as Alexander is, this middle passage is where he really shines.
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In a way, this album is "My America, Part 2," like Monty's release of a year ago a celebration of the rich diversity and luminous spirit of American popular music--except this time the emphasis is on acoustic piano and straightahead swinging jazz. In reinventing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" Monty wisely eschews the main theme and exploits the "blues" possibilities of the minor motifs. Both of the Ellington songs receive refreshing, revelatory face lifts--"Come Sunday" as a bright and light morning awakener and "Creole Love Song" as a simmering, explosive blues. Three tunes in succession demonstrate why Nat King Cole was once ranked as a piano player alongside Tatum and Wilson. And finally what more fitting way to close out this session than a Mercer tune made famous by the singer whose centenary is being celebrated during 2003?
In a musical climate of whims, fads, simulations and deceptions, it's nice to be reminded once again that you can always count on Monty Alexander.
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A few good cuts, but not his best work. It forces songs into a theme that doesn't quite hold up.
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