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Eric Alexander: It’s All In the Game

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The sharp-toned and sharpminded tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander stretches into a few different directions on his latest album but never loses his sure personal voice. Waxing Sonny Rollins-esque comes naturally to the 37-year old, who spins out charismatic solos while keeping control of tonal and structural balance. Recorded in one day with Rudy Van Gelder and a crack band that includes veteran pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth, Alexander has created an unpretentious and wholly satisfying session.

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