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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Where Or When
  2. Typhoon 11
  3. Where Is The Love
  4. It's All In The Game
  5. Open And Shut
  6. Ruby My Dear
  7. Little Lucas
  8. Bye Bye Baby


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Highnote
  • ASIN: B000ELJAPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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. . . and Eric Alexander, in the poker-themed disc photos, holds a straight flush in diamonds. That about sums it up: this recording deals listeners a virtually unbeatable hand.

I have to admit, this kind of thing--jazz standards played pretty straight--isn't my usual cup of tea. But Alexander's turned into such a strong player that he breathes immense vitality into this tired formula.

Let's start with his tone. Over about his past three or four releases as leader, Alexander has greatly advanced in power and precision. Sounding sometimes like the one to carry on and advance Michael Brecker's Coltrane legacy, other times like Joe Lovano's more nimble twin (!), yet again like a more muscular Robin Kenyatta, and even deftly rolling out some Joe Henderson moves, all the while maintaining his own distinct approach, Alexander is emerging as one of the very top tenor players of his generation. One of the things that characterizes his playing is his tonal command throughout the entire range of the saxophone, something only the very top players are able to master. His brilliant extended solo on "Typhoon 11," simply astounds with its precision maintained over the course of some very creative and intense blowing.

One next notices his ability to choose unlikely, often neglected old show tunes and movie themes and imbue them with exciting new life even as he remains essentially faithful to their peculiar genius. The title cut, which apparently has never been tackled by any jazzman of note, amply demonstrates this. He turns what in other hands might come off as sentimental histrionics into a piece that achieves genuine pathos, reminiscent of similar tactics by Brad Mehldau's approach to odd standards.
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This compilation gave me the impression that Eric doesn't want to deviate from the Classics. Don't get me wrong, he adds his own energy and precision which is astounding to hear. He has the ability to make one forget that you're listening to a classic. I was enthralled with his sound when I first heard him do cuts called Sonrisa and Dead Center. I fell in love with his "Nightlife in Tokyo" work. Absolutely brilliant! I was hooked and went out and bought all of his CD.

His growth and maturity are evident. He is spreading his wings and easing away from solely performing the classics. You know that he has mastered the classics. Three cuts on this CD show that he is ready to create his own classics!

I felt a little let down when I listened to this CD. I've loved the freedom of jazz for the last 35 years. I heard so many renditions of the old classics. I was hoping for something new from this up and coming "New Lion". I absolutely loved the three tunes that he wrote, "Typhoon 11", "Little Lucas" and my personal favorite,"Open and Shut". These cuts exemplify the man's talent. He and his crew demonstrate that Jazz is alive and kicking and that Jazz can be new and refreshing. The rest of the CD is traditional stuff performed with Eric and Company's flare. I rate the CD four stars rather than five only because it's not entirely "new". It's still very good.

I know that he is going to write an entire compilation one day and WATCH OUT! He is going to show everyone that he owns a seat with the best of all times. This man is a GIANT WAITING TO REACH HIS STRIDE.... I just can't wait!sw
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This is a worthy addition to anyones jazz collection. Ostensably it is covers of standards. Eric Alexander, however, improvises freely and introduces a lot of fire into the tracks. Secondarily, but not unimportant, is the excellent sound quality. This CD was recorded at Van Gelder studios.

Current jazz doesn't get any better than this. Tune in, turn on, and bop out.
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I have never heard an EA recording that I did not really enjoy and this is no exception. He is plays like a cat who has been around for 50 years. EA is one of most interesting young players on the scene.
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It's a fine album.
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