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Venue: New Morning, Paris
Date of Concert: 07-2001
Monty Alexander Trio: Live in Paris, 2001
Catalogue Number: INAK6468DVD
This magical concert from the New Morning in 2001 finds the magnificent Monty Alexander accompanied by Bobby Thomas, Jr. and Hassan W. Shakour. The life and career of pianist Monty Alexander is a dream come true. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, on D-Day, this formidably gifted and happy child prodigy soon directed his feet to the sunny side of the street, like Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, his first hero, sang. His lucky star showed up before he was twenty years old, when Frank Sinatra produced him in that temple of fifties and sixties pop music, Jilly's Bar in New York. After Ray Brown invited Monty to sit in, he was ready to go. He never looked back. Monty's swing and lyricism inspired such giants as Milt Jackson, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and a whole pantheon of stars, who he accompanied to the four corners of the Earth - in the course of an exemplary musical journey both as monster pianist and subtle composer. These days, younger at heart as ever, he revisits Randy Weston and Bob Marley for an irresistible return to his Jamaican roots.