Dead Center

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Recalling the moody and atmospheric mid-to-late-'60s work of fellow reedmen Wayne Shorter and Hank Mobley, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's Dead Center has a reflective quality that lends itself to such timely compositions as McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace." It also reveals Alexander's lithe and gentle touch on standards including "Almost Like Being in Love," while lesser known works like Herbie Hancock's "Sonrisa" showcase his deft harmonic invention and superb rhythmic sense. Similarly, pianist Harold Mabern's groove-oriented "A Few Miles From Memphis" is propelled along by drummer Joe Farnsworth's soul-inflected beat with Alexander nudging lines back and forth deep ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Recalling the moody and atmospheric mid-to-late-'60s work of fellow reedmen Wayne Shorter and Hank Mobley, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's Dead Center has a reflective quality that lends itself to such timely compositions as McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace." It also reveals Alexander's lithe and gentle touch on standards including "Almost Like Being in Love," while lesser known works like Herbie Hancock's "Sonrisa" showcase his deft harmonic invention and superb rhythmic sense. Similarly, pianist Harold Mabern's groove-oriented "A Few Miles From Memphis" is propelled along by drummer Joe Farnsworth's soul-inflected beat with Alexander nudging lines back and forth deep inside the rhythm pocket. While not a significant departure from his past work, Dead Center nonetheless finds Alexander revealing himself as a grounded and muscular improviser who never takes his eye off the target.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375713126
  • Catalog Number: 757131
  • Sales rank: 163,688

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Alexander Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Harold Mabern Piano
John Webber Bass, Double Bass
Joe Farnsworth Drums
Technical Credits
Herbie Hancock Composer
McCoy Tyner Composer
Eric Alexander Composer
Todd Barkan Producer, Audio Production
Sammy Cahn Composer
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Mastering
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Harold Mabern Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Derek Kwan Producer
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