Battle Hymn Of The Republic – 2018
A typically rousing performance
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Ever since the early-1960s, Monty Alexander has been one of jazz’s top pianists, a master who can hold his own with Oscar Peterson when it comes to swinging yet has his own spin on standards plus an influential background in early reggae.
Many listeners agree about Alexander’s formidable talent for he has led over 65 albums thus far and has always been a strong attraction at clubs and festivals.
Monty Alexander has long used “Battle Hymn Of The Republic” as a particularly rousing closer, and this version from 2018 is no exception.
With bassist Hassan Shakur and drummer Obed Calvaire, MontyAlexander creates some fresh and soulful variations on the traditional tune.
– Scott Yanow