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Monty Alexander: Stir It Up: The Music of Bob Marley

Monty Alexander again reclaims his Jamaican roots to pay tribute to third-world superstar and fellow islander Bob Marley. Supplementing an American jazz rhythm section with the reggae Gumption Band from Jamaica produces an inventive integration.

Without vocals, Marley’s music is more open to improvisation, propelled by the accentuated changes of “Jammin'” and “Kaya.” Alexander presents “No Woman No Cry” in a reverential idiom tinged with gospel influences. Trombonist Steve Turre guests on two tracks, adding conch shell to the pop hit, “I Shot the Sheriff.” Alexander effectively and infectiously fuses jazz and reggae into a cohesive sound that may portend the future of one-world music without boundaries or labels.

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