Alexander is one of those rare artists who can assimilate the best qualities and morph them into something uniquely their own. With the phrasing of Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon's melodic sense, Sonny Stitt's rhythmic thrust and the harmonic subtlety of George Coleman, no wonder Eric is one of the busiest tenor-men on the scene today. Here, Eric employs his former boss, the Mighty Burner himself, Charles Earland on a cookin' session captured at the famed Van Gelder studio. Besides Earland, Eric is joined by the popular guitarist, Peter Bernstein, trumpet colleague James Rotondi and Joe Farnsworth on drums. Eric and the band show their all-encompassing musical proclivities by covering tunes as diverse as Al Green's "Let's Stay Together", Fletcher Henderson's "Soft Wind", Chaka Kahn's "Through the Fire" plus some hard-driving tunes by Eric and Peter Bernstein.
Eric Alexander- tenor saxophone; James Rotondi- trumpet; Charles Earland- Hammond B3 organ; Peter Bernstein- guitar; Joe Farnsworth- drums
J. Meilicke in Jazzthetik 7 / 00: "Alexander The Great" ist
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Souljazz-Album, das im besten Sinne die Blue Note-
Tradition der Sechziger fortführt. Für die, die von
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