Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
There is a long tradition of "saxophone battles" in jazz with duos such as Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray or Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane performing together in a kind of sporting joust of abilities, a gentleman's contest for who is the better player. On the 2012 concert album Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring join in this tradition with a swinging, passionate set of standards recorded live at the respected N.Y.C. venue. The album is actually a re-pairing of the duo, who first sparred on 2005's Battle: Live at Smoke. This time around they spar over such numbers as Hank Mobley's "Pat 'N' Chat," McCoy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
There is a long tradition of "saxophone battles" in jazz with duos such as Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray or Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane performing together in a kind of sporting joust of abilities, a gentleman's contest for who is the better player. On the 2012 concert album Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring join in this tradition with a swinging, passionate set of standards recorded live at the respected N.Y.C. venue. The album is actually a re-pairing of the duo, who first sparred on 2005's Battle: Live at Smoke. This time around they spar over such numbers as Hank Mobley's "Pat 'N' Chat," McCoy Tyner's "Inception," the standard "You've Changed," as well as Herring's own "Timothy," among others. Backing the saxophonists here are pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist John Webber, and drummer Carl Allen. This is a lively and exciting session of adventurous and old-school straight-ahead jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2012
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375723224
  • Catalog Number: 757232
  • Sales rank: 92,545

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pat 'n' Chat (8:17)
  2. 2 Sukiyaki (9:50)
  3. 3 Inception (8:46)
  4. 4 Dig Dis (8:41)
  5. 5 You've Changed (4:59)
  6. 6 Here's That Rainy Day (8:42)
  7. 7 Mona Lisa (4:14)
  8. 8 Timothy (9:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Alexander Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Herring Alto Saxophone
Mike LeDonne Piano
Carl Allen Drums
John Webber Bass
Technical Credits
Vincent Herring Composer, Producer
Hank Mobley Composer
McCoy Tyner Composer
Eric Alexander Producer
Johnny Burke Composer
Frank Christopher Engineer
Ray Evans Composer
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Jay Livingston Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Bill Carey Composer
Donald Elfman Liner Notes
Carl Fischer Composer
Hachidai Nakamura Composer
Rokusuke Ei Composer
Paul Stache Engineer
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