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


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Describing him as “a gift to the world,” Monty brought on Chronixx, who humbly noted that there are great musicians on this stage, “myself not included.” Based on the energy in the room and the number of cellphones that went up to snap photos, about half of the crowd seemed to be there for him, however.

In a “passing-the-torch” moment, similar to Barrington Levy’s appearance at the young artist’s NYC debut show at SOB’s in September, Monty yielded the stage to the young singer, who was joined by Zincfence Redemption band members Josh “Flubz” Jones on bass and Nnamdi “Nnamz” Robinson on guitar. The band flew through three big tunes, “Smile Jamaica,” “Ain’t No Giving In,” and “They Don’t Know.”