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ONE WAY Recommends [Issue #20]
Monty Alexander
By Jason Sklar

Concrete Jungle: The Music Of Bob Marley (CD Telarc)

In the spirit of the omnipotent Bob Marley, Monty Alexander brings together a semblance of musicians well ingrained with the reggae rhythm of Jamaica. Seven years after his first reggae release, Stir It Up (1999), Alexander melds his American jazz experiences and Jamaican flavor on Concrete Jungle. Himself a fruit of Jamaica’s loins, Alexander pays tribute to this genre in an astoundingly clean production of piano-oriented recordings including: “Africa Unite,” “War,” and “Three Little Birds.” One of Alexander’s earlier groups, “Monty and the Cyclones” (circa 1960), was inspired by the performances of Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, and other gospel efforts. This group set an early standard for what would later be Alexander’s contemporary reggae compilations. Recording Concrete Jungle at Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston added a level of authenticity and musicianship required to really do Marley’s music justice in a jazz context. In sync with Rastafarianism, the horn lines flow along with group vocals that yearn for peace, love, and easy living without requiring the ritualistic use of marijuana.

Monty Alexander Concrete Jungle: The Music Of Bob Marley


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