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.
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.