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Eric Alexander

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Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano as a six-year-old, took up clarinet at nine, switched to alto sax when he was 12, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during his one year at the University of Indiana, Bloomington (1986-87). At William Paterson College in New Jersey he advanced his studies under the tutelage of Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others. "The people I listened to in college are still the cats that are influencing me today," says Alexander

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Persistence

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2022
Track listing: Persistence; Second Thoughts; Apres Vous; Only the Lonely; Jitterbug Waltz; Epistrophy; Once I Loved; Birthday Blues.

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Article: Live Review

Jazz At The Joint: Nat Reeves

Read "Jazz At The Joint: Nat Reeves" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Nat Reeves Jazz At The Joint North Little Rock, AR April 11, 2021 The April 2022 edition of Ted Ludwig's “Jazz At The Joint" welcomed Hartford, Connecticut-centered bassist Nat Reeves to The Joint's stage in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Reeves has spent the last 40 years performing and recording with the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Old Jazz, New Jazz, Obscure Jazz

Read "Old Jazz, New Jazz, Obscure Jazz" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features a combination of newer jazz releases, older classic artists and a few obscurities. Music is heard from, among others, Julie Driscoll (Tippetts), Arturo O'Farrill, Eric Alexander, Joe Rosenberg, Betty Carter and the Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Weiss: Persistence

Read "Persistence" reviewed by Edward Blanco


An in-demand veteran of the vibrant New York jazz scene since the '80s, pianist Michael Weiss presents the warm and engaging Persistence, his fifth as a leader and first on the Cellar Live label, as well as being his first since the critically acclaimed Soul Journey, (Sintra Records, 2003). The long time span between recordings, despite ...

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It's All Your Fault

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: It’s All Your Fault; Matador; Rock with You; Still; Party Time; Bags and Brown; Biggest Part of Me; Blues for Jed.

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Mabern Plays Coltrane

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Dahomey Dance; Blue Train; Impressions; Dear Lord; My Favorite Things; Naima; Straight Street.

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O Sole Mio! Music From The Motherland

Label: CellarMusic
Released: 2021
Track listing: O Sole Mio; Mr. Lucky; Speak Softly Love ( Theme From The Godfather); On The Stairs; Estate; Chick's Tune; Torna A Surriento; Moody Blues; Capricci Di Camere (Whims Of Chambers)

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Article: Top Ten List

Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye

Read "Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Hugely admired by his peers, guitarist Pat Martino never really enjoyed the high profile accorded the likes of John McLaughlin, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny or John Scofield, though in that esteemed company the Philadelphian guitarist, who passed away in 2021, surely belongs. In a sixty-year career, interrupted for the guts of a decade by ...

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Article: Album Review

Harold Mabern: Mabern Plays Coltrane

Read "Mabern Plays Coltrane" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


As is too often the case, we gain more and more respect and insight into an artist after he or she has passed away. Harold Mabern may have been overshadowed by many of his peers but he remained true to himself: bringing to the music a Memphis-bred hard bop blues and flourishing as both sought after ...


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