Jamaicans Jam On Jazz

Whether playing jazz, funk or reggae, Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander figures it out. His last recording, Stir It Up, celebrated the music of Bob Marley. Now, Alexander comes full circle, teaming with fellow Jamaicans Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare to give an intriguing selection of standards fresh twists.

Drummer Dunbar and bassist Shakespeare are a legendary rhythm team who have powered countless recordings, everyone from Joe Cocker to Yoko Ono. On Monty Meets Sly and Robbie, the group leaves a distinctive imprint on pianist Herbie Hancock's groove-laden "Chameleon"

(RealAudio excerpt), trumpeter Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder," pianist Bobby Timmons' "Moanin" and the Stylistics' "People Make the World Go 'Round"

(RealAudio excerpt), among other tunes.

The group also finds the deep groove on Alexander originals such as "Monty's Groove" (RealAudio excerpt) and "(Do the) Cool Step."