Stir It Up: The Music of Bob Marley
It would be oh-so-easy to misstep and distill pere Marley’s work into weightless jazz fluff, but pianist Monty Alexander pulls together a set of punky reggae music into sly comping chord changes. Throwing in little bits and pieces like a hint of “Eleanor Rigby” in the midst of “Jammin’,” Alexander’s humor is irresistible, and his Jamaican roots clearly show in his love and respect of the groove. The blend of Jamaican and jazz musicians is ear-opening, and not to be missed. Roll up a zeppelin for this one.