Here is the rosetta stone for understanding Monty Alexander. Interestingly, on this album the legendary bassist, Leroy Vinnegar, traveled to NY to record this:
Good catch (and association with Bill Evans). Why did Les play it? The same reason why Sonny Rollins quoted Easter Bonnet in the middle of a song when the clock ticked over to midnight on an Easter Sunday. I played with a pianist for almost eight years who would sometimes allow a chord progression to cause her to skip to another song with the same progression until she caught herself and got back on track. Or just fooling around and seeing if the audience is paying attention. I recall Dick Morgan (a pianist hero of mine) who quoted the Popeye The Sailor theme for two bars in a totally unrelated song. I wonder what inspired thatDid you catch that "who will I turn to" quote here? (29:26) I immediately identify it with Bill Evans. Any idea why Les plays this here?