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  Наименование CD :
   Gentle Ballads

Год издания : 2005

Компания звукозаписи : Venus, (ru)

Музыкальный стиль : Post-Bop

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Saxophone - Smooth)      

Recording Date: Mar 1,2, 2004

Eric Alexander Quartet

In addition to being one of the top tenor saxophonists of his generation, Eric Alexander has developed quite a following in Japan, as evidenced by his series of recordings for the Venus label. These 2004 sessions with pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth are much in the mold of John Coltrane's Ballads album of the early '60s. His rich, big-toned tenor is rhapsodic as he explores a number of timeless ballads, though more than a few have pretty much fallen out of favor among jazz musicians in the 21st century. Particularly welcome are his explorations of two gems by the late jazz pianist Mal Waldron, while the leader's "Gently" fits in perfectly with the more established pieces. Earle Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne" is played in two separate versions, the first being a bit laid-back, the latter at a brisk tempo with LeDonne adding an enticing vamp. The bluesy treatment of "Stormy Weather" is strangely credited to Duke Ellington, while Alexander's shimmering take of Billy Strayhorn's gorgeous "Chelsea Bridge" is an obvious highlight.

All Music Guide


This CD offers classic fare from a well-oiled quartet. It's a satisfying sampler of tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's strong, burnished-copper tone, which is nicely balanced by pianist Mike LeDonne's elegant filigree. In a recent Downbeat interview, Alexander named Coleman Hawkins as a major influence because "he just puts the information on the plate, and more power to you if you can figure it out and make use of it for yourself." Alexander has a similar directness; even when he's blowing hard, he's no blowhard, scattering notes around just to prove he can do it. Every note has meaning.

Despite the CD's title, not all tracks are ballads, but the music rarely revs higher than midtempo; what you get are over 70 thoroughly mellow minutes. Most of them involve respectful takes on venerable standards: "Harlem Nocturne" appears on two tracks at different tempos, "Here's to Life" becomes a gentle samba, and "Stormy Weather" is a swinging, late-night Alexander/LeDonne duet.

There are also some lesser-heard gems like Mal Waldron's beautiful "Left Alone," the pensive Jones/Salvador tune "The Midnight Sun Will Never Set," and "Gently," a strong Alexander original that fits nicely into this set. The approach is primarily straightforward, with some nice solo turns all around-and kudos to drummer Joe Farnsworth and bassist John Webber for keeping things interesting in the background. Gentle Ballads is a classy, romantic CD.


  Соисполнители :

Joe Farnsworth (Drums)
John Webber (Bass)
Mike LeDonne (Piano)

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Наименование трека



   1 The Midnight Sun Will Never Set         0:06:02 Jones, Salvador
   2 Left Alone     T       0:06:14 Waldron
   3 Gently         0:05:24 Alexander
   4 Here's To Life         0:07:04 Butler, Molinary
   5 The Midnight Sun         0:07:08 Burke, Hampton
   6 Harlem Nocturne         0:06:15 Hagen
   7 Soul Eyes         0:07:36 Waldron
   8 Under A Blanket Of Blue         0:06:26 Livingston, Neiburg, Symes
   9 Stormy Weather     T       0:06:15 Arlen, Koehler
   10 Chelsea Bridge         0:06:57 Strayhorn
   11 Harlem Nocturne (alternate Take)         0:05:34 Hagen


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