Triple Scoop

Triple Scoop

by Monty AlexanderMonty Alexander


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One might be led into believing that the title Triple Scoop refers to the players who comprise this trio: pianist Monty Alexander, bassist Ray Brown, and guitarist Herb Ellis. While this would be a reasonable guess, the "Triple" actually refers to the three titles -- Triple Treat, Triple Treat, Vol. 2, and Triple Treat, Vol. 3 -- recorded by this talented trio and included on this two-disc set. The first set comes from a 1982 studio session while the latter two originate from live sessions in 1988 and 1989, respectively. Disc one kicks off with the surprising "(Meet the) Flinstones," a three-minute romp that's at least as much fun as the cartoon, before settling into a lovely, six-minute version of "Body and Soul." The similar tones of Alexander's piano and Ellis' guitar offer a harmonic richness, while their light touch imbues pieces like "Lester Leaps In" with a breezy quality. Ever present, Brown's bass adds a resonate depth and becomes a prominent third voice. After track eight, the remainder of disc one and all of disc two are live, and except for the approval of an appreciative crowd, the only substantive difference is the addition of violinist Johnny Frigo to a number of cuts. On "Polkadots and Moonbeams" and "I'll Remember April" Frigo's violin adds another dimension to the band, giving the material a loose, open feel, similar to a live Stephane Grappelli album. Triple Scoop reassures jazz fans that when it comes to quality players and good material, little has changed.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2002
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431212225
catalogNumber: 2122

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monty Alexander   Primary Artist,Piano
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Ray Brown   Bass
Johnny Frigo   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Monty Alexander   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Herb Ellis   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
David Mann   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Ray Brown   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer,Remixing
Dave Fischer   Cover Photo
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Carl Jefferson   Executive Producer
Chris Long   Producer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Gordon Raddue   Liner Notes
Philip Elwood   Liner Notes
Ken Franckling   Liner Notes
Yoichiro Kikuchi   Producer
Yoshihisa Watanabe   Engineer
John Turner   Composer
Dick Hendler   Art Direction
Tom Burgess   Art Direction
Sandi Young   Art Direction
William Hanna   Composer
Joseph Barbera   Composer
Hoyt Curtin   Composer
Ana Baracca   Art Direction
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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