Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_plcc_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Shop Popular Services gotS5 gotS5 gotS5  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Metal Gear Solid 5 Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation Learn more
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to (US).
Buy New
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Don't Follow the Crowd has been added to your Cart
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
  • Don't Follow the Crowd
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player

Don't Follow the Crowd

6 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, April 26, 2011
"Please retry"
$9.98 $7.75
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.
$13.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Don't Follow the Crowd + Chicago Fire
Price for both: $27.98

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

For his 2011 HighNote release, Eric Alexander is once again in the Rudy Van Gelder studio with his long-time collaborators Harold Mabern, Joe Farnsworth and Nat Reeves for a program of originals, standards and not-so-standards delivered with the prerequisite imagination and daring that has made Eric Alexander a place among the elite jazzmen of today.

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Song Title Time Price
  1. Nomor Senterbress 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. She's Out Of My Life 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Footsteps 8:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Charade 6:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Don't Misunderstand 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Remix Blues 7:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Don't Follow The Crowd 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Cavatina From ''The Deer Hunter'' 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HighNote
  • ASIN: B004Q6PX4M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 6 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Down Home Hip to the Jive on October 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hard bop is alive and well in the commission of these four notable and accomplished musicians: Eric Alexander(ts), Harold Mabern(p), Nat Reeves(b), and Joe Farnsworth(d). Add to this musical mix the expertise of Rudy Van Gelder, one of the most important recording engineers in music history, and together they've recorded a remarkable CD showcasing acoustic jazz, as one would hear it played by a small-combo in a night club. Each of these fine musicians has ample opportunities to solo, especially Alexander and Mabern, who were once student and teacher respectively. A modern dynamic jazz duo best describes their collaboration.

The selections on this CD include five moderately paced hard bop compositions and three leisurely paced ballads. Listening to "Nomor Senterbress", "Footsteps", "Don't Misunderstand Me", "Remix Blues" and "Cavatina" are the swinging songs while "She's Out of My Life", "Charade", and "Don't Follow the Crowd" comprise the three ballads. "Nomor Senterbress" and "Remix Blues" are Alexander's originals that distill the essence from the hard bop style and culture. Alexander has firmly planted his roots in the history of great hard boppers like Art Blakey and Horace Silver. With adherence to a more rhythmic and bluesy approach, this style of jazz, originally African-American in its inception, is accessible for non-jazz listeners. Alexander's album remains a modern jazz recording with a connection to a rich jazz tradition that's still in vogue among contemporary jazz artists of today.

Alexander's quartet, the epitome of small-combo workmenship, presents a gift to us that's a fifty-four minute affirmation and performance in the musical tradition of hard bop. Music from a past generation that's still relevant and as pleasant to listen to as ever. Alexander and Mabern are two standard bearers of what's best in jazz today. Their symbiotic partnership of playing jazz on this impressive CD makes for an enjoyable listening experience.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Douglas on November 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the first review I've written of anything on Amazon. Why do so for this disc? Because I don't want long-time Eric Alexander fans to make the mistake I initially did and overlook this stellar CD.

I've been an Eric fan for a decade now, and have several of his discs as leader, as well as many One For All releases and albums he's a sideman on. A few months ago I saw this disc in my local record store and thought, "Eric with his usual trusted partners. I'm sure it's a good record, but do I really need it?" I passed.

Last month I saw Eric live and, spurred by his usual great playing, bought the CD from him to give as a gift to my father. Before mailing it, I listened to it, and was blown away. This is fresh, exciting stuff. You know it's Eric, but you also know it's not the Eric of five or ten years ago. He keeps pushing himself, and the band follows suit. I'm buying another one to keep for myself.

Eric is now in his early 40s, and has matured as a player. You know how early Shakespeare plays are a little too showy sometimes, how you wish you could have said to him, "It's OK, you don't have to dazzle me with every line. Sometimes less is more," while in later ones his prowess is more subtle and therefore more effective? That's how I feel listening to Eric on this disc. More restraint makes the highlights that much more, uh, highlightful.

To sum up: If you're a long-time Eric fan, get this. If you're new to Eric, this would be a great starting point. Then if you're inspired to go into his back catalog, maybe get Nightlife in Tokyo, and then the even-earlier Heavy Hitters.

Finally, if you're a jazz fan who buys CDs, please consider buying them by guys who are alive. Of course the giants of the music are fabulous, but there are so many excellent living, breathing jazz musicians who deserve to be heard and supported. Eric is at the top of that list.
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thedre on August 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD because my local radio station...KJAZZ in the bay area played Remix BLues from this CD. It made a strong connection with me. I also like the levels (audio) of each of the players. The drums are not hidden in the mix. Remix Blues sounded like a club date, but was recorded in the studio. I like that a lot.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Don't Follow the Crowd
This item: Don't Follow the Crowd
Price: $13.99
Ships from and sold by

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: vinyl pop