Hearing tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander is one of the great treats in jazz. There are few artists on stage today who combine chops, imagination and technique with a fluidity of ideas as he does. This imposing improviser is reunited here with pianist David Hazeltine and they're joined by another jazz great, the always daring trumpeter Jon Faddis on a couple of the tracks. Add in the swing engendered by bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth and you have a formula for excellence, if ever there was one. Alexander produced the session and there is a strong latin feel throughout thanks to the contributions of vibrant percussionist Alex Diaz spurring the band on with a whole trunk load of Latin percussion instruments. In addition to the Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 title tune, the set-list features a satisfying mix of originals and covers all given the patented Alexander treatment.
ERIC ALEXANDER, tenor saxophone • with special guest: Jon Faddis, trumpet • David Hazeltine, piano • John Webber, bass • Joe Farnsworth, drums • Alex Diaz, percussion
TRACKS: But Here's the Thing • These Three Words • Grinder • Corazón Perdido • Mas Que Nada • Boom Zoom • Song of No Regrets • Cede's Shack • Up, Up and Away
But Here's the Thing
Song of No Regrets
Mas Que Nada