Stereophile (2/93, p.207) - "...his is a joyous, full-bodied style...CARIBBEAN CIRCLE is my favorite Monty Alexander performance so far, and it should appeal to jazz fans and audiophiles alike..."
Personnel: Monty Alexander (spoken vocals, piano, whistle); Dave Glasser (alto saxophone); Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); Jon Faddis, E. Dankworth (trumpet); Slide Hampton (trombone); Ira Coleman (acoustic bass); Anthony Jackson (electric bass); Herlin Riley, Steve Ferrone (drums); Robert Thomas Jr. (hand drums); Othello Molineax (steel drums); Marjorie Whylie (percussion).
Producers: David Chesky, Monty Alexander, Mark Van Den Bergh.
Recorded at Mastersound, Astoria, Queens, New York on June 3 & 4, 1992. Includes liner notes by Monty Alexander.
Personnel: Monty Alexander (whistling, piano); Dave Glasser, David Glasser (alto saxophone); Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); E. Dankworth, Jon Faddis (trumpet); Slide Hampton (trombone); Ira Coleman (acoustic bass); Anthony Jackson (electric bass); Othello Molineax (drums, steel drum); Herlin Riley, Robert Thomas, Jr., Steve Ferrone (drums); Othello Molineaux (steel drum); Marjorie Whylie (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Monty Alexander.
Recording information: Master Sound Astoria Studios, Astoria, Queens, NY (06/03/1992-06/04/1992); Mastersound, Astoria Queens, NY (06/03/1992-06/04/1992).
Editor: Jeremy Kipnis.
Photographers: Jay Manis; Stanley Schnier.
Unknown Contributor Role: Marjorie Whylie.
Arranger: Slide Hampton.
First-rate example of connecting diverse styles and traditions. Alexander, a solid soloist well versed in Caribbean music, integrates rhythms from the islands into his solos, yet retains the jazz edge and drive. A great supporting cast as well which includes Slide Hampton and Jon Faddis. ~ Ron Wynn