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Joey Alexander: My Favorite Things

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The only difficult part of writing about pianist Joey Alexander is avoiding the use of the phrase “for a kid.” As we do when we approach any prodigy-and jazz has seen many who’ve continued to grow as childhood faded-those of us with a few years on us naturally want to be kind. Who’d want to discourage a child with such promise?

But with this Indonesian lad, 11 years old when Motéma signed him last fall, there’s no need to patronize or overcompensate: Joey Alexander’s not good “for a kid,” he’s just good.

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