Alexander, Eric

High Note, 2019CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 26.1

Jazz Ruler Type: BigBand
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score: 81
Score Chart

O’s Notes: Pairing jazz saxophonist Eric Alexander with Strings results in a luscious presentation of warm ballads. Dave Rivello conducts the 14-piece string orchestra with John Webber (b), Joe Farnsworth (d) and David Hazeltine (p). We liked “Dreamsville” and the melancholic sounds of “Lonely Woman” with a complimentary piano solo. The pace intensifies with Alexander swinging hard on “Slow Hot Wind”. The sax/string textures are rarely combined to this level of satisfaction. Alexander gives us only a brief sampling of 36 minutes and we savored every bit of it!


Publicist: Jazz Depot