Monty Alexander’s Grammy Nomination.

Monty Alexander - Harlem-Kingston Express

I am elated “Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express Live! @ Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola” on Motema Music has been nominated for a Grammy as the Best Reggae Album. I co-produced the album with Jana Herzon and  Katherine Miller.

It is especially meaningful to me that on the February 13th morning that I personally delivered one of Katherine’s first mixes of this classic live recording to Monty’s midtown Manhattan home,  I almost did not make it home myself to the Bronx because my car was slammed by an out-of-control SUV driver who put me in the hospital with a broken shin and collar bones. For a little while, I wasn’t sure I would be able to continue working on it, but, I was so blessed that Jana and Katherine came to see me in the hospital and we were able to sequence the record and it was released in June.

This record so eloquently meshes reggae and jazz and it a testament to Monty’s innate abilities. If you are a voting member of NARAS, please vote for Monty Alexander in Category 48.

Oh and click on the record cover to listen to sound bites.

Bright Moments,
Todd Barkan

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3 Responses to Monty Alexander’s Grammy Nomination.

  1. Hi Todd,
    Percussionist Bashiri Johnson here, wishing you a speedy recovery. All the best to you and yours.
    Peace, Bashiri

  2. andre hunt says:

    Today I received a bootleg Miles 74-75 Keystone Korner from Japan for not cheap! (definitely audience recording) I should have known it wasn’t the show I saw…which must have been a few years later…Miles in a purple suit playing material after his release of Get Up With It. Of all the shows I saw at Keystone, as a semi-broke student, this one completely blew my mind. Miles was extremely dramatic in the way he slowly unzipped his trumpet bag, and then held it out in front of him…the band mixed a stew of power than finally ended with the keyboards still fizzling after everyone had left the stage. Even though my ass may still hurt from those seats at Keystone, and my wrist may be permanently outraged by that sullen doorman’s hard grab and twist of my wrist at the door…(man he was no fun), Keystone was the best thing that ever happened to me in a small room. Now, I’m at the Treiste at least 3 times a week, and park next to the Keystone location every time….and always think about it. Naturally, I’d die to hear that Miles show some day. I hope you recover smoothly, Todd. You made a big difference in my life at just the right time.

  3. Kori says:

    I was thinking about my nights working as a cocktail waitress at Keystone Korner back in the 1970’s, and happened upon this site. What an introduction that was to some of the best jazz musicians of that era…unforgettable. I am looking forward to buying the Keystone Korner book.

    Best wishes to ya, TB!

    Kori

    (not my real name–just consider me a mystery guest 🙂 )

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