This out-of-print Pacific Jazz Lp was pianist Monty Alexander's first album, cut when he was 21. Even at that early stage, Alexander had very impressive technique and his Oscar Peterson-influenced style was starting to become distinctive. Performing live in Los Angeles with bassist Victor Gaskin and drummer Paul Humphrey, Alexander is heard in top form on such songs as "John Brown's Body," "Comin' Home Baby," "If I Were A Bell" and "Autumn Leaves"; hopefully this enjoyable and somewhat historical set will be reissued on CD by Blue Note eventually.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow