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Monty Alexander - Love You Madly: Live at Bubba's

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The more of these albums the 2xHD label uncovers remasters and releases, the more you appreciate the work it’s doing in letting us rediscover superb performances.

2xHD Fusion has unearthed a recording by master pianist Monty Alexander, Love You Madly: Live at Bubba’s. Accompanying Alexander on this spirited live date are bassist Paul Berner (Lionel Hampton Orchestra), drummer Duffy Jackson (Milt Jackson, Benny Carter), and percussionist Robert Thomas, Jr. (Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Carlos Santana).

In the case of “Love You Madly”, the surprise is so positive that you just have to tell the world about it. Live at Bubba’s is a previously unissued recording of the Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander captured live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at Bubba’s Jazz Restaurant on August 6, 1982. Recorded by legendary engineer Mack Emerman, who founded Criteria Recording Studios (Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Eric Clapton), Live at Bubba’s features bassist Paul Berner (Lionel Hampton Orchestra), drummer Duffy Jackson (Milt Jackson, Benny Carter) and the acclaimed percussionist Robert Thomas, Jr. (Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Carlos Santana).

This 2021 winner of PF's Writer's Choice Award, recorded in 1982 by the legendary Mack Emerman, documents an underrepresented chapter of Monty's recording output, live at Fort Lauderdale's Club Bubba. It's Monty at his best, with a great band and incredibly high-energy performance.

Limited 100 Deluxe Two Tapes Edition - On SM900 RTM Tape CCIR OR NAB Eq.

Album: Monty Alexander – Love You Madly: Live At Bubba's
Label: 2xHD - 2XHDRE-TD1187
Format: 2xReel-To-Reel, 15 ips, ¼", 2-Track Stereo, 10.5" NAB Reel, Album, Limited, Deluxe, Numbered, Stereo, CCIR OR NAB Eq.
Country: Canada
Released:
Genre: Jazz
Style: Cool Jazz, Bossa Nova, Soul-Jazz

Deluxe Edition On Two x Reel To Reel Tapes: Monty Alexander - Love You Madly: Live at Bubba's

Tracklist:

TAPE #1
1. Arthur's Theme 7:42
2. Love You Madly 8:08
3. Samba De Orfeu 6:26
4. Eleuthra 9:34

TAPE #2
1. Reggae Later 7:51
2. Blues For Edith 6:46
3. Fungii Mama 10:30
4. Sweet Lady 5:57

Artists:
Piano - Monty Alexander
Bass - Paul Berner
Drums - Duffy Jackson
Percussion - Robert Thomas Jr.

Produced By Monty Alexander

Mastering Engineer: René Laflamme
Instruments: Bass, Drums, Percussion, Piano
Original Recording Format: Analog Tape
Producer: George Klabin and Zev Feldman
Recording Engineer: Mark Emerman
Recording Location: Bubba's Jazz Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (August 6, 1982)
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

Recorded At Bubba's Jazz Restaurant

Recording location: Bubba's Jazz Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (August 6, 1982)

2xHD Tape Features:

  • AAA Analog Duplication
  • High-Fidelity Tape Recording
  • Master Quality Reel Tape Sound
  • Original Recording Format: Analog
  • Pure Analog Copy at 15 ips, CCIR EQ, from the Analog Master Tape
  • Transferred to Recording The Masters SM900 Tape
  • 2xHD Mastering by René Laflamme
  • Two Tapes in a Deluxe Box
  • Metal Reel Made in Germany
  • Made in Canada


JAZZ PIANO GREAT MONTY ALEXANDER’S BLAZING LOVE YOU MADLY

Drawn from Alexander’s collection, the vigorous, imaginative performances of Love You Madly were recorded at the titular Fort Lauderdale, FL, nightclub on Aug. 6, 1982. The recording engineer was the late Mack Emerman, the legendary founder of Miami’s Criteria Recording Studios, the state-of-the-art facility where the Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, and Aretha Franklin, among many others, had cut some of their biggest pop hits.

The Kingston, Jamaica-born keyboardist had lived in Miami since his family moved there in 1961 and had known Emerman, a jazz buff who had played trumpet in his alma mater Duke University’s big band, for many years.

Alexander recalls in a new interview with Resonance co-president and “Jazz Detective” Zev Feldman, “Mack just had this idea, ‘Hey, can I come and record you? I’ll bring the truck.’ He already had a remote truck [unit]. So he brought the truck and he put the mic on the bass and the drums, and the whole thing, and, son of a gun, this tape, which he gave to me, was all a gift.”

In his overview essay, jazz historian Willard Jenkins says of the resultant recording, “For this date at Bubba’s, Monty Alexander drew up neatly balanced setlists that touched upon several facets of his expansive bag, including standards, ballads, blues, island perspectives and southern exposures ranging as far south as Brazil….[Love You Madly] provides a wonderful survey of the leader’s gifts and his enormous rhythmic palette on the wings of his consummate piano artistry.”

Both Feldman and Resonance founder/co-president George Klabin are devoted admirers of Alexander’s exceptional talents.

In an open letter to the pianist in the package, Klabin says, “The title Love You Madly says how I feel about your musical soul. To me, you are one of the top five modern jazz pianists ever to play the instrument…. You have kept the great tradition of modern jazz alive the ability to swing!”

Feldman adds in his introductory piece, “This recording is really important, and documents an underrepresented chapter of Monty’s recording output. It’s Monty with a great band, and the recording has fantastic fidelity. They are incredibly strong performances, with high energy that epitomize Monty at his very best.”

Alexander’s accompanists on the Fort Lauderdale date offer warm new recollections of their time working with the pianist.

Duffy Jackson, Monty Alexander, Paul Berner, Robert Thomas Jr.

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Monty Alexander - Love You Madly: Live at Bubba's

Regular price $1,157.03