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Monty Alexander - Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2 - The River Rolls On (2014) [HDTracks]

28-08-2016, 19:33
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Title: Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2 - The River Rolls On
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Motéma Music
Genre: Jazz, World Fusion, Reggae
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24Bit/48kHz]
Total Time: 01:05:41
Total Size: 786 MB

Recorded: Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 8: Recorded by Katherine Miller, April 2012 at Dubway Studios, NYC, and February 2013 at Avatar Studios, NYC. Tracks 4, 7, 10: Recorded by Aki Nishimura, August 2013 at Avatar Studios, NYC. Additional recording by Katherine Miller at Avatar Studios, NYC. Track 9: Recorded by David Kowalski, 2011 at Bennett Studios, NJ. Additional Recording by Neil Case at Echo Beach Studios, Jupiter, FL. Track 3: Recorded by Alan Wolfe, 1988, live in Jamaica. Tracks 11, 13: Recorded by Rob Macomber, 2012, live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, NYC. Track 12: Recorded by Louis Thompson, 2005, live in France.

Review by Aidan Levy (JazzTimes):
Bridging reggae and jazz without losing the sound of either is a delicate balance. It generally means maintaining the heavy off-beat accents and syncopated basslines that hew toward ska without reining in the challenging harmonic substitutions of bebop. Pianist Monty Alexander has made a career of this endeavor, and his 13-track Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On, his Motéma follow-up to the group’s 2012 Grammy-nominated live album, deftly interweaves the island grooves of his Jamaican heritage with a straight-ahead jazz backdrop. Hence Alexander’s percussive rhythmic sensibility, contrasting that Maytals one-drop effect with his left hand and dissonant riffs with his right, and his predilection for sweeping lines inspired at once by Wailers riddims and former collaborator Milt Jackson’s fluid exploration of the high and low range.
Understated accompaniment over reggae vocals transitions into polyrhythmic bursts reminiscent of Herbie Nichols, a duality enlivened by an ensemble that unites Alexander’s familiar players with a Jamaican rhythm section: bassist Hassan Shakur, drummers Karl Wright and Obed Calvaire and guitarists Andy Bassford and Yotam Silberstein, alongside Jamaican artists Earl Appleton (keys), Joshua Thomas (bass) and Courtney Panton (percussion).
This seamless genre blending traces Alexander’s cross-cultural inspirations: a plangent cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” a modal take on the Stylistics’ “People Make the World Go Round,” a calypso-infused cover of Miles Davis’ “Concierto de Aranjuez” with references to “So What,” and the totemic soul hit “What’s Going On” reinterpreted with a rocksteady beat. The album’s highlight, Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come,” expertly blends taut ensemble playing and organ grease; Alexander transforms the reggae iconoclast’s populist anthem into a hard-swinging funk tour de force that evokes the endless vistas of the tropics with the shuffle of 125th Street.


01. Hurricane Come and Gone / Moonlight City 06:04
02. People Make the World Go Round 04:15
03. Concierto de Aranjuez 06:28
04. Sleaky 04:12
05. Trust 03:45
06. The Harder They Come 05:46
07. The River Rolls On (feat. Caterina Zapponi) 04:33
08. What's Going On (Wa'a Gwan) 05:05
09. Love Notes (feat. George Benson, Ramsey Lewis & Joe Sample) 04:48
10. Skamento 04:41
11. Linstead Market (Live Bonus) 06:37
12. Redemption Song (Live Bonus) (feat. Wendel Ferraro) 04:56
13. Regulator (Reggae-later) 04:25

Monty Alexander - piano
Hassan Shakur - acoustic bass
Karl Wright, Obed Calvaire - drums
Andy Bassford, Yotam Silberstein, George Benson - guitars
Earl Appleton, Joe Sample - keyboard
Joshua Thomas - electric bass
Courtney Panton - percussion
Caterina Zapponi - vocals

Monty Alexander - Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2 - The River Rolls On (2014) [HDTracks]

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