Given the international ugliness spewing from the Trump administration, we need a musical offset to remind us that there remains much good in life.
I’ve long tapped feet and snapped fingers to the great jazz pianist Monty Alexander. Monty hails from Kingston, Jamaica and he moves effortlessly from hard-bop jazz to the reggae music he grew up with. Moreover, his chops are ridiculous and his groove is deep.
This first piece opens in a funk vein, but around 1:45 hits a hard swing at a nice gallop. That’s Ernest Ranglin on guitar, btw, also from Jamaican and like Monty, totally at home riffing on this seriously uptempo groove.
And just in case, in these fact-free times, you needed evidence of Monty’s reggae roots, there’s this.