David Hazeltine: The Classic Trio Meets Eric Alexander

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Audio samples from this mainstream quartet recording are available at David Hazeltine's web site . Straight ahead and always keeping the tradition alive, the pianist's trio complements Eric Alexander and adds sparkling interlude passages of its own. A healthy mix of originals and popular songs gives the session variety. Remember Jimmy Webb's "Didn't We"? Who can forget the lovely ballad that anchored most nightclub sessions some time ago? Hazeltine and Alexander interpret the classic song within the tradition, but with fresh ears. The pianist, in particular, has a pleasant way of pumping up the selection without being forceful. It's a laid-back session that romps with toe-tappin' energy. That's the mainstream: smooth on the surface with all kinds of goings-on inside. Hazeltine has a crisp technique that enhances Alexander's features. Of course, the stellar bassist and drummer are partly responsible for this album's success. The classic trio is a tight unit with sensible tastes. The tenor saxophonist keeps things running smoothly, both on up-tempo romps and slow ballads. As long as the mainstream has allies such as this, its swingin' tradition isn't about to fade anytime soon.

Track Listing: On the Boulevard, O Grande Amor, Jessica's Night, Hayes' Phase, Knocks Me Off My Feet, East of the Sun, Didn't We, Our Delight

Personnel: David Hazeltine (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Louis Hayes (drums), Eric Alexander (tenor sax)

Title: The Classic Trio Meets Eric Alexander | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Sharp Nine Records


comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Study of Touch CD/LP/Track Review The Study of Touch
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2017
Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Gledalec CD/LP/Track Review Gledalec
by John Sharpe
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Flux Reflux CD/LP/Track Review Flux Reflux
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Christmas With Champian CD/LP/Track Review Christmas With Champian
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read "From the Nocturnal Chironian" CD/LP/Track Review From the Nocturnal Chironian
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 14, 2017
Read "New Chapter" CD/LP/Track Review New Chapter
by Jim Olin
Published: September 27, 2017
Read "Honey And Salt" CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 10, 2017
Read "The Eastcote Studios Session" CD/LP/Track Review The Eastcote Studios Session
by John Eyles
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Vol. 02" CD/LP/Track Review Vol. 02
by Dave Wayne
Published: November 21, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.