Monty Alexander

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Monty Alexander is a talented pianist whose work spans multiple genres and influences - from jazz (under the influence of Wynton Kelly), to his caribbean roots. During his 50 years long career, he recorded extensively both as a sideman and as a leader, notably for MPS. Newcomers may want to try the album Caribbean Circle for a good overview of his versatile talents.

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Legal name: Montgomery Bernard Alexander


Monty Alexander (born Montgomery Bernard Alexander on 6 June 1944 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a jazz pianist, who also sings and plays the melodica. His playing has a Caribbean influence and bright swinging feeling, with a strong vocabulary of bebop and soulful blues melodies. He was influenced by Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Les McCann, Ahmad Jamal, and Wynton Kelly. Alexander is known for his surprise musical twists and the ability to build dramatic suspense in his playing.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Here Comes the Sun Monty Alexander 1
1974 Rass! Monty Alexander with Ernest Ranglin 1
1978 Jamento Monty Alexander 1
1978 Cobilimbo Monty Alexander 1
1979 So What? Monty Alexander 1
1981 Summerwind Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Johnny Griffin & Martin Drew 2
1983 The Duke Ellington Songbook Monty Alexander 1
1988 Saturday night Monty Alexander 1
1989 Triple Treat, Volume 3 Monty Alexander, Ray Brown & Herb Ellis 1
1990 Triple Treat, Volume 2 Monty Alexander, Ray Brown & Herb Ellis 1
1991 Facets Monty Alexander 1
1992 Caribbean Circle Monty Alexander 1
1992 Trio Monty Alexander, Ray Brown & Herb Ellis 1
1992 Triple Treat, Volume 1 Monty Alexander, Ray Brown & Herb Ellis 1
1993 Threesome Monty Alexander 1
1996 Overseas Special Monty Alexander 1
1998 Solo Monty Alexander 2
1999 Stir It Up - The Music of Bob Marley Monty Alexander 1
2002 My America Monty Alexander 1
2002 Ray Brown, Monty Alexander & Russell Malone Ray Brown, Monty Alexander & Russell Malone 2
2003 Straight Ahead Monty Alexander, Ray Brown & Herb Ellis 1
2004 Rocksteady Monty Alexander with Ernest Ranglin 1
2006 Concrete Jungle: The Music of Bob Marley Monty Alexander 1
2009 Calypso Blues: The Songs of Nat King Cole Monty Alexander 1
2010 Spunky Monty Alexander 1
2014 Harlem-Kingston-Express, Volume 2: The River Rolls On Monty Alexander 1
Echoes of Jilly's Monty Alexander with John Patitucci & Troy Davis 1
Goin' Yard Monty Alexander 1
Triple Treat Monty Alexander 1
Uplift Monty Alexander 1
Yard Movement Monty Alexander 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Triple Scoop Monty Alexander , Ray Brown , Herb Ellis 1
2012 Piano Genius Monty Alexander 1
Ballad Essentials Monty Alexander 1
The Concord Jazz Heritage Series Monty Alexander 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Live at the Concord Jazz Festival – 1979 The Ray Brown Trio feat. Monty Alexander and Jeff Hamilton with special guest Ernestine Anderson 1
2003 Li'l Darlin' Monty Alexander 1
2006 Live in Holland Monty Alexander 1
2011 Harlem-Kingstone Express Live! Monty Alexander 5 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Ivory & Steel Monty Alexander 1
2000 Monty Meets Sly and Robbie Monty Alexander 1
Ivory & Steel Monty Alexander 1
Reunion In Europe Monty Alexander 1
Steamin' Monty Alexander 1

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