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Temple of Olympic Zeus

Eric Alexander

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Ever since he first began to be noticed in 1992, Eric Alexander has developed into one of the giants of the tenor sax. He is not an avant-garde trailblazer; nor are there scores of saxophonists who sound like his clones. But Alexander has developed his own sound within the areas of hard bop to post-bop; he gives the impression that he can sound confident and very credible in any setting, and he has yet to make an unworthy recording. He has led at least 20 CD recordings since his emergence, with Temple of Olympic Zeus being one of his best. The middle of the CD, where Alexander performs a lyrical version of "Some Other Time" and a hard-swinging "Blues for David," features some of his finest playing. Four selections add the fiery trumpet of Jim Rotondi, who is a particularly suitable match with Alexander. Pianist David Hazeltine sounds inspired throughout this outing and bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth are stimulating and supportive. But the main star is Eric Alexander, a brilliant improviser who deserves much more recognition for invigorating jazz's modern mainstream.

Biography

Born: 1968 in Galesburg, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A fine straight-ahead jazz saxophonist, Eric Alexander grew up in the state of Washington. He initially attended Indiana University, studying classical music as an altoist. However, he soon discovered jazz, switched to the tenor, and transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey. After graduating, he moved to Chicago and gained important experience touring with Charles Earland while also becoming a fixture in local clubs. In 1991, Alexander placed second at the Thelonious Monk Institute's...
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Temple of Olympic Zeus, Eric Alexander
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  • 7,92 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 28 August 2007

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