Although the Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander is the interpreter par excellence of the Caribbean roots in a jazz context, it is as well in his element with good bop American ol ' and blues in the vein of Nat Cole, and Oscar Peterson. On the aptly entitled uprising, Alexander and rhythmic reinvented company at every turn, turning point swing in the blues, the blues to bop and calypso bop, while welcoming the wider canon of Western music.
The registration of the live performance samples dating from 2007-2010 who bring energy close listener. With a masterful pulse team of bassist Hassan Shakur and drummer Herlin Riley (with Frits Landesbergen on two tracks), the six covers a vast and four original Alexander is stamped with the mark fierce swing pianist and playful "name that tune" book citations. Starting in full flight on "come fly with Me", Alexander picked up steam with "one mint julep" blue head Return of the trio of "sweet georgia brown" is what pleases crowds and WoW hoity-toity listeners with his passage of the quotes from Bizet to Monk. "django" begins and ends as a respectful hymn, while "Body & Soul," Alexander avoids with "Mary had a little Lamb" front of framing the theme as a swaying Waltz. Soon it was back to name-that-tune, whiz (Rossini, Strauss, Gershwin) quotes by transparent, ending with Tatum-esque cascades.
In addition to its swampy "renewal", Alexander closes with three originals: the majestic darkly "hope" and the medley of "Home" and "mama fungii," calypso splashed with high doses of Monk. In other words, this album is a joy.