Renowned Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander will shortly release Concrete Jungle, his second full album of Bob Marley tributes, following Stir It Up, in 1999. Both releases are on the Telarc label, the painist's recording home since 1999.
The disc, set for relase in March, was recorded at the legendary Tuff Gong studios. Among the tracks included on the set are Forever Lovin' Jah, Babylon System, Africa Unite, Trench Town and the title track. Guest artistes include Luciano, Junior Jazz and trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, of the renowned New Orleans jazz family.
Since signing with Telarx in 1999, Alexander has often alternated between more straight-ahead jazz albums and the reggae-driven fusion exemplified on Concrete Jungle and Stir It Up.
In 2004, he teamed with another Jamaican music icon, Ernest Ranglin to record Rocksteady, a collection of Jamaican classics from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Ranglin, who also has a solo deal with the label, released Surfin' in 2005