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Consider this fact. In 1991, Eric Alexander finished second to Joshua Redman at the Thelonious Monk Institute's saxophone competition. Joshua is now one of jazz's reigning hot-shot young lions while Eric remains a virtual unknown. Who said life is fair? If there is any justice, Man With A Horn should correct this problem. Working hand in hand with veteran jazz pianist Cedar Walton, this collection of standards and originals is loaded with warmth, lyricism and sparkling interplay. Alexander's husky, breathy tenor remains the dominant voice, but sidemen Dwayne Burno (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums) also play a vital role in the proceedings. Guest artists Jim Rotondi (trumpet) and Steve Davis (trombone) are added to the mix on three tunes. The title track is stunningly beautiful; Walton's Fiesta Espanola is heated and passionate; and Eric's tribute to the late Eddie Harris (Unsung Hero) is appropriately funky. A Grade "A" effort all the way! ***
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.