Alkire, Jeff

Jeff Alkire, 2007CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 13.2

Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 5
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Sound: 4
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Score Chart

O’s Notes: Jeff plays alto sax and teams up with a formidable group of musicians for One Summer in Winters and they definitely bring in the heat. Craig Bailey (fl) and Riley Mullins (t) make their presence known quickly on the opener, “At This Moment”. Drummer Steve Johns opens “Pancakes” and he anchors the bottom along with Esperanza Spaulding on bass. She not only helps with the foundation but also contributes with solos, as on the title track. Kevin Sholar (p) provides the glue but he also contributes to the mix with strong solos throughout the set. Four of the nine tunes were penned by Alkire who seems to be in touch with the past, presence and future of jazz. “Why” and “Weaver of Dreams” we two of our favorites. This is an excellent session!


Publicist: Kari-On Productions