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Eric Alexander: Second Impression

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander’s longtime collaborators Harold Mabern (piano) and Joe Farnsworth (drums) return for Second Impression, and the bond they’ve established over the course of several recordings is as strong as ever. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself fixating on Bob Cranshaw, who replaces John Webber on bass for this outing. Now … Read More “Eric Alexander: Second Impression”

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Eric Alexander: The Real Thing

Soulful, songful and so clearly a recording made by musicians with common roots and an uncommon level of rapport, The Real Thing won’t disappoint fans of straight-ahead jazz that projects a timeless allure. The opening cut, the album’s title track, could be recommended on the strength of Eric Alexander’s full-throated tenor sax alone. Yet what … Read More “Eric Alexander: The Real Thing”

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Eric Alexander: Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire is as much description as title: It’s Eric Alexander’s tribute to the Chicago tradition, and the band is particularly incendiary throughout. This crew-Alexander on tenor saxophone, Harold Mabern (Alexander’s former mentor) playing piano, John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth drumming-has enjoyed a solid working relationship for more than a decade, and they’re … Read More “Eric Alexander: Chicago Fire”

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Eric Alexander: Touching

Eric Alexander, on the scene since the early 1990s, is from the masculine school of tenor saxophone rhapsody. Throughout Touching, an album of ballads, he projects melodic conviction, deep feeling and mature expression. There is a blues and gospel influence that descends from Stanley Turrentine and an occasional out-there burst of spirituality reminiscent of John … Read More “Eric Alexander: Touching”

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