Eric Alexander Alexander the Great
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- Released: March 1, 1995
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Highnote
JazzTimes - 12/00, p.136"...A tasty disc..."
- 1.Burner's Waltz
- 2.Let's Stay Together
- 3.God Bless The Child
- 5.Through The Fire
- 6.Soft Winds
- 7.Born To Be Blue
- 8.Carrot Cake
Personnel: Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Jim Rotondi (trumpet); Charles Earland (Hammond B-3 organ); Peter Bernstein (guitar); Joe Farnsworth (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on May 8, 1997. Includes liner notes by Larry Hollis.
Personnel: Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Peter Bernstein (guitar); Jim Rotondi (trumpet); Joe Farnsworth (drums).
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (05/08/1997).
The title might seem arrogant, but Eric Alexander doesn't presume to be anything more than he is--a very talented tenor player at the top of his game. The saxophonist here expertly demonstrates his abilities, along with those of his former boss, organist Charles Earland, and his longtime associates Jim Rotondi, Joe Farnsworth, and Peter Bernstein. Alexander continues to prove both muscular and agile, sporting a robust, tastefully lyrical tone, while also occasionally summoning passages of explosive energy.
The session holds many refreshing surprises, most notable being the lack of hackneyed standards, save for a very relaxed read of the classic "God Bless The Child." In addition, two rearranged contemporary pop tunes appear in the form of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," featuring an indomitable mid-tempo snap, and Chaka Khan's hit "Through the Fire," which here becomes a funky little bossa nova. In addition, Alexander's "Burner's Waltz" and the fiery "Explosion" offer ample opportunity for the quintet to stretch out. Other impressive tracks include a tasteful swing through Fletcher Henderson's "Soft Winds" and Bernstein's soulful funk groove "Carrot Cake."
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