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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HighNote
  • ASIN: B00B2TUNVO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. The Way She Makes Me Feel
4. Dinner For One Please James
5. Central Park West
6. I'm Glad There Is You
7. The September of My Years
8. Oh Girl

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Eric Alexander makes his first foray on HighNote Records into the hallowed halls of the 'ballad record', and joins the ranks of such tenor balladeers as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Houston Person, Hank Mobley and countless others. But this is not your mother's ballad record. Eric has selected an interesting program of music that will interest and please even the most seasoned collectors. From "Dinner for One Please, James" to Trane's "Central Park West," Eric displays a thoughtful sensitivity that is all the more effective for being so surprising.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Down Home Hip to the Jive on February 28, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Eric Alexander is one of my favorite contemporary jazz saxophonists. His decision to record a ballad collection for his discography of previously fine bop and hard bop albums is a welcomed addition from HighNote. Ballad albums are really not in favor among many listeners today so his choice to record one is really out of the mainstream. However, only the best of musicians will attempt to create one. It's an art form that has always attracted jazz saxophonists at the height of their fame and glory: Gene Ammons, Benny Carter, John Coltrane, Scott Hamilton, Houston Person, Sonny Stitt, Ben Webster . . . their ballad contributions as recording artists are an affirmation of the power and beauty inherent in romantic and sentimental songs. Eric Alexander's "Touching" album is in the manner of these outstanding predecessors.

Every tenor saxophonist, past or present, brought or brings his own unique style and personal interpretation to the ballads they recorded, and Alexander is no exception. In tempered fashion, these ballads incorporate threads of the fine bop and hard bop artistry he has mastered. Supported by an excellent rhythm section consisting of Harlod Mabern, pianist, John Weber, bass, and Joe Farnsworth, drums, the eight songs are deftly stlylized as one would expect from seasoned acoustic professionals. Their heartfelt collaboration on these tunes captures the flair and flavor of ballads once played during the "heydays" of jazz. Nevertheless, the album distinguishes itself by delivering tunes not frequently chosen or considered as venerable jazz standards.

The tracks ,"Touching" and "The September of My Years", are especially noteworthy as Harold Mabern literally lends a guiding hand to the fluency of Alexander's horn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Black Man Reading on May 22, 2013
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This album is absolutely awesome! He delivers with great precision, technique, and feeling. I find myself listening my favorite tracks over and over again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JAZZMAN65 on May 30, 2013
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This is Eric's first Ballad CD for a USA label. I have 4 Ballads CD's on the Venus Label from Japan.
This is better in sound and song selection than the Japan Cd's. Don't expect to doze while playing this CD, it's more than a Ballad CD. It's GREAT.
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