Eric Alexander is a compelling young tenorist whose robust melodism and bluesy attack bespeak the Olympian influences of such titans as George Coleman, Dexter Gordon and Stanley Turrentine. In contrast to the often steely-edged angst of the ‘Trane-inflected New York tenor scene, here’s a 29-year-old Gothamite whose playing is sunny and swinging. Even when pushing time and harmony to the brink as he does with “Mr. Harris” (a tip-of-the-hat to the late Eddie Harris), there’s an intensely focused lyricism at work as well.
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