Eric Alexander (saxo)

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Eric Alexander
David Hazeltine and Eric Alexander perform at the Artists' Quarter jazz club, Dec 21 2013
Datos generales
Nacimiento 4 de agosto de 1968
Nacionalidad Estadounidense
Ocupación Saxofonista
Información artística
Género(s) Jazz, hard-bop, post-bop
Instrumento(s) Saxo Tenor
Artistas relacionados Harold Mabern, Ron Carter, Joseph Farnsworth, One for All
Web
Sitio web http://www.ericalexanderjazz.com
Eric Alexander 2008 (foto por Brian McMillen)

Eric Alexander (nacido el 4 de agosto de 1968) es un saxofonista de jazz americano, conocido por su sofisticado estilo hard bop y post-bop.[1]

Trayectoria[editar]

Alexander empezó como músico clásico, estudiando saxo alto en la Universidad de Indiana con Eugene Rousseau en 1986. Pronto cambió al jazz y al saxo tenor y entonces se trasladó a la William Paterson Universidad, donde estudia con Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid, Joe Lovano, Gary Smulyan, Norman Simmons, Steve Turre y otros.[2]

Alexander consiguíó fama enseguida por acabar segundo (detrás de Joshua Redman y antes de Chris Potter) en la Thelonious Monk Competición de Saxo de Jazz Internacional de 1991. A partir de entonces empezó a grabar álbumes.

Influenciado fuertemente por John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon y George Coleman, Alexander ha trabajado con muchos músicos de jazz notables, incluyendo el pianista de Chicago, Harold Mabern, el bajista Ron Carter, el batería Joseph Farnsworth y el guitarrista Pat Martino. También ha grabado y giró extensamente con el sexteto One for All.[3]

Galería[editar]

Fotos: Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Discografía[editar]

Como líder[editar]

  • New York Calling (Criss Cross, 1992)
  • Straight Up (Delmark, 1992)
  • Up, Over & Out (Delmark, 1993)
  • Full Range (Criss Cross, 1994)
  • Eric Alexander In Europe (Criss Cross, 1995)
  • Stablemates (Delmark, 1995) (with Lin Halliday)
  • Two of a Kind (Criss Cross, 1996) (with Cecil Payne)
  • Man with a Horn (Milestone, 1997)
  • Alexander The Great (Milestone, 1997)
  • Heavy Hitters (Pony Canyon, 1997) (Japanese import)
  • Mode For Mabes (Milestone, 1997) (with Harold Mabern)
  • Extra Innings (Alfa, 1998) (Japanese import)
  • Solid! (Milestone, 1998) (quartet with John Hicks, George Mraz, Idris Muhammad)
  • Live at the Keynote (Video Arts, 1999) (Japanese import)
  • The First Milestone (Milestone, 1999)
  • The Second Milestone (Milestone, 2000)
  • Summit Meeting (Milestone, 2001)
  • Nightlife in Tokyo (Milestone, 2002)
  • Gentle Ballads (Venus, 2004) (Japanese import)
  • Dead Center (High Note, 2004)
  • Sunday in New York (Venus, 2005) (Japanese import)
  • It's All in the Game (High Note, 2005)
  • Gentle Ballads II (Venus, 2006) (Japanese import)
  • Temple of Olympic Zeus (High Note, 2007)
  • My Favorite Things (Venus, 2007) (Japanese import)
  • In Concert: Prime Time (High Note, 2007)
  • Gentle Ballads III (Venus, 2007) (Japanese import)
  • Lazy Afternoon: Gentle Ballads IV (Venus, 2008) (Japanese import)
  • Revival Of The Fittest (High Note, 2009)
  • Chim Chim Cheree: Tribute To John Coltrane (Venus, 2009) (Japanese import)
  • Don't Follow The Crowd (High Note, 2010)
  • Gentle Ballads V (Venus, 2011) (Japanese import)
  • Touching (High Note, 2012)
  • Blues at Midnight (Venus, 2013) (Japanese import)
  • Recado Bossa Nova (Venus, 2013) (Japanese import)
  • Chicago Fire (High Note, 2013)
  • The Real Thing (High Note, 2015)

Como sideman[editar]

Con One For All (co-líder con Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, David Hazeltine)

  • Too Soon To Tell (Sharp Nine, 1997)
  • Optimism (Sharp Nine, 1998)
  • Upward And Onward (Criss Cross, 1999)
  • The Long Haul (Criss Cross, 2000)
  • The End of a Love Affair (Venus, 2001) (Japanese import)
  • Live at Smoke: Volume 1 (Criss Cross, 2001)
  • Wide Horizons (Criss Cross, 2002)
  • No Problem: Tribute To Art Blakey (Venus, 2003) (Japanese import)
  • Blueslike (Criss Cross, 2003)
  • Killer Joe (Venus, 2005) (Japanese import)
  • The Lineup (Sharp Nine, 2006)
  • What's Going On (Venus, 2007) (Japanese import)
  • Return of the Lineup (Sharp Nine, 2008)
  • Incorrigible (Jazz Legacy Productions, 2009)
  • Invades Vancouver! (Live at the Cellar) (Cellar Live, 2010)

Con Jim Rotondi

  • Introducing Jim Rotondi (Criss Cross, 1996)
  • Jim's Bop (Criss Cross, 1997) (quintet includes Harold Mabern)
  • Excursions (Criss Cross, 1998) (this is the 'One For All' group under Jim's leadership)
  • Blues For Brother Ray (A Tribute To Ray Charles) (Posi-Tone, 2009) (quintet includes Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein)
  • Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2009) (this quintet includes 5 of the 6 members of the 'One For All' group, everyone except Steve Davis)
  • Jim Rotondi and the Loop: Hard Hittin' At The Bird's Eye (Sharp Nine, 2012)

Con Steve Davis

  • The Jaunt (Criss Cross, 1995) (sextet includes Mike DiRubbo, Bruce Barth)
  • Dig Deep (Criss Cross, 1996) (this is the 'One For All' group under Steve's leadership)
  • Crossfire (Criss Cross, 1997) (sextet includes Mike DiRubbo, Harold Mabern)
  • Say When (Smoke Sessions, 2015) (sextet includes Eddie Henderson, Harold Mabern)

Con David Hazeltine

  • Blues Quarters, Vol. 1 (Criss Cross, 1998)
  • The Classic Trio Meets Eric Alexander (Sharp Nine, 2001)
  • Manhattan Autumn (Sharp Nine, 2001)
  • Blues Quarters, Vol. 2 (Criss Cross, 2006)
  • The Inspiration Suite (Sharp Nine, 2007)
  • Inversions (Criss Cross, 2010)

Con Reeds And Deeds (co-líder con Grant Stewart)

  • Wailin' (Criss Cross, 2004)
  • Cookin' (Criss Cross, 2005) (includes David Hazeltine, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth...the 'One For All' rhythm section)
  • Tenor Time (Criss Cross, 2010) (includes David Hazeltine, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth...the 'One For All' rhythm section)

Con Vincent Herring

  • The Battle (Live at Smoke) (High Note, 2005)
  • Friendly Fire (Live at Smoke) (High Note, 2011)

Con Mike LeDonne

  • Smokin' Out Loud (Savant, 2003) (includes Peter Bernstein, Joe Farnsworth)
  • The Anniversary Quartet: You'll See! (Live At The Cellar) (Cellar Live, 2004) (includes Peter Bernstein, Joe Farnsworth)
  • On Fire (Live At Smoke) (Savant, 2006) (includes Peter Bernstein, Joe Farnsworth)
  • Five Live (Live At Smoke) (Savant, 2007) (includes Jeremy Pelt, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth)
  • The Groover (Savant, 2009) (includes Peter Bernstein, Joe Farnsworth)
  • Mike LeDonne/The Groover Quartet: Keep The Faith (Savant, 2011) (includes Peter Bernstein, Joe Farnsworth)
  • Mike LeDonne/The Groover Quartet: I Love Music (Savant, 2013) (includes Peter Bernstein, Joe Farnsworth)
  • Mike LeDonne/The Groover Quartet: Awwl Right! (Savant, 2015) (includes Peter Bernstein, Joe Farnsworth)

Con Charles Earland (AKA "The Mighty Burner")

  • Unforgettable (Muse, 1991)
  • I Ain't Jivin'...I'm Jammin' (Muse, 1992)
  • Ready 'N' Able (Muse, 1995)
  • Blowing The Blues Away (High Note, 1997)
  • Cookin' With The Mighty Burner (High Note, 1999; recorded 1997)
  • Stomp! (High Note, 2000; recorded 1999)
  • The Almighty Burner (32 Jazz, 2000) compilation/Muse material
  • Charles Earland Tribute Band: Keepers Of The Flame (High Note, 2002) (includes Joey DeFrancesco, Bob DeVos, Pat Martino)
  • The Mighty Burner: The Best Of His High Note Recordings (High Note, 2004) compilation
  • Scorched, Seared & Smokin': The Best Of The Mighty Burner (High Note, 2011) compilation/3-CD set

Con Irene Reid

  • Million Dollar Secret (Savant, 1997) (includes Jim Rotondi, Charles Earland, Bob DeVos)
  • I Ain't Doing Too Bad (Savant, 1999) (includes Jim Rotondi, Charles Earland, Bob DeVos)
  • The Uptown Lowdown (Savant, 2000) (includes Jim Rotondi, Charles Earland)
  • One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Savant, 2002) (includes Jim Rotondi, Randy Johnston)
  • The Queen of the Party (Savant, 2012) compilation

Con otros...

  • The Tenor Triangle: Tell It Like It Is (Criss Cross, 1993) (sextet with Ralph Lalama, Tad Shull & Melvin Rhyne Trio)
  • Joe Magnarelli: Why Not (Criss Cross, 1994)
  • The Tenor Triangle: Aztec Blues (Criss Cross, 1994) (sextet with Ralph Lalama, Tad Shull & Melvin Rhyne Trio)
  • Melvin Rhyne: Stick to the Kick (Criss Cross, 1995)
  • John Swana: In The Moment (Criss Cross, 1995) (sextet includes Steve Davis, Kenny Barron)
  • Peter Bernstein: Brain Dance (Criss Cross, 1996) (quintet includes Steve Davis, Larry Goldings)
  • Pat Martino: Stone Blue (Blue Note, 1998)
  • John Swana & Joe Magnarelli: Philly-New York Junction (Criss Cross, 1998)
  • Paul Bollenback: Soul Grooves (Challenge, 1998)
  • Joe Farnsworth: Beautiful Friendship (Criss Cross, 1998) (sextet includes Eddie Henderson, Steve Davis, Cedar Walton)
  • Melvin Rhyne: Classmasters (Criss Cross, 1999)
  • Jimmy McGriff: McGriff's House Party (Milestone, 1999)
  • Norman Simmons: The Art Of Norman Simmons (Savant, 2000)
  • Dmitri Kolesnik: Blues For Dad (Boheme, 2001)
  • Norman Simmons: Synthesis (Savant, 2002)
  • Joe Magnarelli & John Swana: New York-Philly Junction (Criss Cross, 2003)
  • Jimmy Cobb's Mob: Cobb's Groove (Milestone, 2003) (quintet with Richard Wyands, Peter Bernstein, John Webber)
  • Jim Snidero: Close Up (Milestone, 2004)
  • Dmitri Kolesnik:: Five Corners (Challenge, 2007)
  • John Swana: Bright Moments (Criss Cross, 2007)
  • Larry Willis: The Offering (High Note, 2007)
  • Stewy Von Wattenwyl Generations Trio Featuring Eric Alexander: Live At Marians (Bemsha Music, 2008)
  • Meeting Point: Quintessence (Challenge, 2008) (quintet with Jim Rotondi, Andrei Kondakov, Dmitri Kolesnik, Lenny White)
  • Neal Smith Quintet: Live At Smalls (Smalls Live, 2009)
  • Pat Martino Quartet: Undeniable – Live At Blues Alley (High Note, 2011)
  • Alexis Cole with One For All: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Venus, 2011) (Japanese import)
  • I Carry Your Heart: Alexis Cole Sings Pepper Adams (Motéma Music, 2012)
  • Harold Mabern: Mr. Lucky (A Tribute To Sammy Davis Jr.) (High Note, 2012)
  • Harold Mabern: Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions, 2015)

Referencias[editar]

  1. Kennedy, Gary (2002). «Alexander, Eric (Wells)». En Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 1 (2nd edición). Nueva York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. pp. 26-27. ISBN 1561592846. 
  2. Massarik, Jack (abril de 2008). «Tenor of the Times». Jazzwise (Jazzwise Publication Ltd). p. 10. 
  3. Collar, Matt (2010). «AllMusic». One for All. Rovi Corporation. 

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