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MONTY ALEXANDER

‘ROCK STEADY’

with

special guest Ernest Ranglin

TELARC SURROUND SACD 63581

 

 

 

1

Double Barrel

7

Israelites

2

Confucius

8

Row Fisherman

3

Stalag

9

Freedom Street

4

Marcus Garvey

10

Pressure Drop

5

Nightwork

11

At The Feast

6

East Of The River Nile

12

Redemption Song

Jazz fans will be familiar with the recordings of Monty Alexander - mainly in the trio environment and especially with Milt Jackson and Ray Brown. Throughout his career however he has never discarded the music of his native Jamaica that was his initial inspiration. ‘Rocksteady’ is a visitation back to those roots. He is accompanied by reggae guitarist Ernest Ranglin who recorded side by side with him in the heyday of Jamaica’s ska music in the late 1960s and early 70s. The album is released to coincide with Alexander’s 2004 tour giving fans of the ska movement, past and present, the opportunity to relive the magic of the music.

There are various well known groups associated with the selected titles – the Skatellites’ "Confucius," the Congos’ "Fisherman Row," the "Heptones", "Fatty Fatty," Desmond Dekker’s "Israelites," and Ken Booth’s "Freedom Street." As the accompanying notes say, ‘Another Jamaican icon, Burning Spear, is represented by his tribute to Jamaica’s national hero, "Marcus Garvey." The album closes with Bob Marley’s "Redemption" of which Monty says, ‘At the end of all this fun, this is something serious. We threw in this one from another era in respect to Bob.’ He rightly feels Marley to be Jamaica’s greatest hero and prophet – the man who was responsible for putting Jamaican music on a worldwide footing.

The issue of this CD is also significant as it coincides with the recent death of Clement ‘Sir Coxone’ Dodd’s. Dodd’s was credited with the launching of Bob Marley’s career and he also made a valuable contribution to the development of Jamaican music in general.

The popularity of this album is not in doubt. The quality of musicianship is first-class and will achieve Alexander’s prime musical objective, whether the style be reggae, jazz or soul, small combo or symphony, to ‘express the joy of music to all within earshot, regardless of prevailing differences in taste or culture.’

Jack Ashby



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