I mentioned this disc as a point of reference in my Ernest Ranglin post, I might as well put it up, too. Seven years since it's been released, and it's already a classic.
Monty Alexander, a pianist accomplished both in the reggae world and in the jazz circles, attempts to bring together the two. Backed by a crack rhythm team of Sly Dunbar on drums and drum programming, and bassist Robbie Shakespeare, Monty reinterprets the jazz groove masterpieces of the 60s and 70s: Herbie Hancock's Chameleon, Lee Morgan's Sidewinder, Ramsey Lewis' The In Crowd, and Moanin' from Art Blackey's eponymous album. Monty's originals - Do the Kool Step, Hot Milk, Monty's Groove - are equally good; in fact, the last one would be my pick off this disc.
Monty Alexander - Monty Meets Sly and Robbie, 2000
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2. Monty's Groove
3. Soulful Strut
4. The In Crowd
6. People Make The World Go 'Round
7. (Do The) Kool Step
9. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
10. Hot Milk