Eric Alexander Summit Meeting
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- Released: June 18, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Milestone
- 1.Summit Meeting
- 2.The Sweetest Sounds
- 3.There But for the Grace of...
- 4.I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do
- 5.A House Is Not a Home
- 6.This Girl's in Love With You
- 7.Something's Gotta Give
- 8.Andre's Turn
- 9.After the Rain
Personnel includes: Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Nicholas Payton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harold Mabern (piano); John Webber (bass); Joe Farnsworth (drums).
Recorded at The Studio, New York, New York on December 19 & 20, 2001. Includes liner notes by Jon W. Poses.
Personnel: Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Nicholas Payton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harold Mabern (piano); Joe Farnsworth (drums).
Audio Mixer: David Luke.
Liner Note Author: Jon W. Poses.
Recording information: The Studio, New York, NY (12/19/2001-12/20/2001).
Photographer: John Abbott .
Arranger: Mike LeDonne.
This strong set documents the continuing and developing ties between Alexander and Harold Mabern; as the saxophonist unleashes his full-bodied, Coltrane-like tone on a set of originals and unlikely standards, Mabern's restless support unifies and galvanizes the rhythm section. At times, the pianist is a little too busy; there are passages in, for example, "There but for the Grace of..." where he might have laid out for a while, especially to give air to the segue between solos by Alexander and guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton. And repetitious left-hand comps during his solos nearly derail the band's sprightly 3/4 rendition of "A House Is Not a Home" and the choruses in the blazing "Something's Got to Give." Still, almost every detail throughout the rest of the album fits into a pattern of potent swing, even at the difficult medium-slow tempo taken on "This Girl's in Love With You" (the only track on the album that showcases the saxophonist exclusively as a soloist). Consistently assured improvisations from both Alexander and Payton provide the final touch necessary for the success of this session. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk
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