Impressions: Chronixx x Ernest Ranglin x Monty Alexander at the Blue Note

January 27, 2014


While introing his band — which also included Desi Jones on drums and Courtney Panton on percussion– Monty talked about how he used to sneak out of school in the 1950s to watch musicians like trombonist Don Drummond and saxophonist Roland Alphonso, founding members of The Skatalites. He noted that many Jamaican musicians could have held their own alongside some of the top American jazz players of the time. With that, he introduced lifelong friend and frequent collaborator, Ernest Ranglin. The guitarist is credited with creating the rhythmic guitar style that defined the ska form, which in turn influenced the later popular styles of rocksteady and reggae.