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World Music Concerts & Festivals

Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander with Ernest Ranglin, Luciano and Dean Fraser


April 24, 2006
B.B. King's, 237 W. 42 St.
New York New York

Reggae/Caribbean

Jamaica's piano legend Monty Alexander will perform with many special guests for the CD Release Party of Concrete Jungle - The Music of Bob Marley. Recorded in the late summer of 2005 at Marley’s own Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, and embellished by a crew of highly talented session players from the U.S. and Jamaica, Concrete Jungle is a set of twelve compositions penned by Marley and reinterpreted via Alexander’s jazz piano-oriented arrangements.

By grafting the traditions of American jazz to his authentic Jamaican roots, pianist Monty Alexander has spent a lifetime exploring the rich depths of musical and cultural diversity. In a career that spans more than four decades, he has performed and/or recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe: Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and many more.

Guitarist Ernest Ranglin was instrumental in creating the shuffle rhythm which exaggerated the 'jump beat' heard on New Orleans' R&B records of the Fifties that became known as Ska. Ska became the foundation of Jamaican popular music, leading in turn to rock steady, reggae, ragga and all the musical innovations the island has brought into the global mainstream. From Millie Small, to Bob Marley, to Floyd Lloyd, Ranglin has collaborated with Jamaica's most innovative musicians.

With his 1995 prayerful hit, “It’s Me Again Jah,” Luciano became one of reggae’s most prominent voices. Luciano is well known to reggae music fans through years of touring, many successful albums and countless hit songs. The inspiring voice of Luciano has given us many musical memories from “It’s Me Again Jah” to “Sweep Over My Soul” and “Serve Jah”.

World class musician Dean Fraser is as comfortable playing jazz as he is reggae. He has been featured on nearly 1000 albums where horn work was required. He had established himself as a solo artist after his remake of the Bob Marley classic "Redemption Song" tore up 1983's Sunsplash.