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One For All featuring Eric Alexander: Too Soon to Tell

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Sadly but truly, today’s jazz community rarely receives such sublimely beautiful jazz combos like One For All. On Too Soon To Tell, this extremely talented yet ego-less sextet boasts a bracing set of standards and originals that are steeped heavily in the classic bebop era.

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander may benefit from special billing for the group, but that should not deter the listener from enjoying absorbing solos from pianist David Hazeltine, whose fleeting romantic renderings on the Latin-tinged “Alfie” enliven the classic with spring-like appeal. Trumpeter Jim Rotondi’s fluid yet rhythmic-charged solos on “Too Soon To Tell” and “Stranger Than Fiction” will also elicit immediate pleasure. As for the featuring tenor saxophonist, Eric Alexander’s burnished tone fuels stately ballads like “Dedicated To You” with crush-velvet touches that bring to mind Dexter Gordon.

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