Monty Alexander 7: Monty Alexander (piano); Ernest Ranglin, Andy Simpkins, Roger Bethelmy, Duffy Jackson, Vince Charles, Larry McDonald.
Recorded in June 1978.
Personnel: Monty Alexander (piano); Ernest Ranglin (guitar); Duffy Jackson, Roger Bethelmy (drums); Larry McDonald (congas, percussion); Vince Charles (steel drum).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Monty Alexander.
Recording information: Group IV Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (06/15/1978/06/16/1978).
Photographer: Phil Stern.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Monty Alexander; Duffy Jackson; Ernest Ranglin; Roger Bethelmy; Andy Simpkins; Vince Charles; Larry McDonald.
Monty Alexander's Jamaican heritage is combined with his bop-oriented piano on this date to create some enjoyable music. This was his first recording to make use of a steel drummer (Vince Charles), and Alexander also uses an oversized rhythm section with Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, bassist Andy Simpkins, both Duffy Jackson and Roger Bethelmy on drums and percussionist Larry McDonald. The repertoire (which includes four Alexander originals and George Benson's poppish "Weekend In L.A.") is mostly obscure, but the interpretations are lively and full of spirit. ~ Scott Yanow