WORKS: In Tokyo
PERFORMER: Monty Alexander
CATALOGUE NO: OJCD 1098-2
For a more aggressive two-handed keyboard philosophy, it’s hard to resist Monty Alexander’s joyous, uplifting temperament and total inability not to swing, no matter what the tempo may be.
The 1979 trio release Monty Alexander in Tokyo is fleshed out by three previously unreleased tracks (including a blistering spin through John Coltrane’s ‘Impressions’), and comes closer than many of his more recent offerings to justifying his candidacy as Oscar Peterson’s heir apparent.