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April 14, 2011

Monty Alexander | Uplift

Monty Alexander

Uplift (Live)
(JLP-Jazz Legacy Productions)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway

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With over 60 albums under his belt (and yet another besides this one due before summer), Jamaica-born jazz pianist Monty Alexander still sounds as fresh and vibrant as ever…and astoundingly masterful given his self-taught origins. Mr. Alexander’s passion and world travel experiences have seasoned him into one of the top players on the planet – one definitely deserving of wider recognition. Uplift, his new live set, is further evidence of his greatness, versatility and charm.
Uplift is culled from piano trio performances straight out of Mr. Alexander’s private stash of live recordings from over the last three years. Though stemming from multiple shows, the songs that Alexander and producer John Lee selected and sequenced make a perfectly well-rounded program that feels like one amazing concert. Mr. Alexander is ably accompanied by bassist Hassan Shakur and drummer Herlin Riley (with Frits Landesbergen replacing Riley on one). To continue, please click “MORE”!

Jackie O Kelley | Forgiven

Jackie O – Forgiven

By Peggy Oliver
O, a multi-gifted singer/songwriter, has fully dedicated her life in
leading souls to Christ since the age of seven. The Fresno, California
born musician played piano and sang before her father administered the
sermons at her local church. A few years later, Jackie O taught music
and directed choirs; eventually leading up to an international ministry
throughout the U.S., Europe and Egypt. When not spreading the message of
joy to others with original songs, Jackie O has taught piano and voice
for the past twenty years and served in various minister of music
capacities in central California. To continue, please click “MORE”!