It's All in the Game

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Over the dozen years since his debut recording as a leader, Eric Alexander has developed into one of the most important tenor saxophonists of his generation. Joined once again by one of his favorite pianists, Harold Mabern, along with bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth, Alexander kicks off this studio affair with a gritty hard bop treatment of "Where or When." "It's All in the Game" dates from the early part of the 20th century written by future Vice President Charles Dawes, yet this is hardly a dated melody, as Alexander gives his best with a lush ballad treatment, while Mabern who suggested the tune incorporates subtle hints of gospel into his provocative solo. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Over the dozen years since his debut recording as a leader, Eric Alexander has developed into one of the most important tenor saxophonists of his generation. Joined once again by one of his favorite pianists, Harold Mabern, along with bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth, Alexander kicks off this studio affair with a gritty hard bop treatment of "Where or When." "It's All in the Game" dates from the early part of the 20th century written by future Vice President Charles Dawes, yet this is hardly a dated melody, as Alexander gives his best with a lush ballad treatment, while Mabern who suggested the tune incorporates subtle hints of gospel into his provocative solo. Thelonious Monk's "Ruby, My Dear" is revamped with a delightful brisk setting, while a Latin-flavored arrangement of the R&B hit "Where Is the Love" also transforms it into something new. Alexander's originals are equally enjoyable. "Typhoon 11" mixes a samba flavor with post-bop, with Mabern sounding at times like McCoy Tyner, while the tense blues "Open and Shut" would have been a perfect contribution to the repertoire of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Eric Alexander is a clear winner with It's All in the Game.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375714826
  • Catalog Number: 7148
  • Sales rank: 120,842

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Where or When (7:05)
  2. 2 Typhoon 11 (6:51)
  3. 3 Where Is the Love (6:30)
  4. 4 It's All in the Game (5:51)
  5. 5 Open and Shut (8:27)
  6. 6 Ruby My Dear (7:54)
  7. 7 Little Lucas (5:20)
  8. 8 Bye Bye Baby (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Alexander Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Harold Mabern Piano
Nat Reeves Bass, Electric Bass
Joe Farnsworth Drums
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
Eric Alexander Composer
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Mastering
Lorenz Hart Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Ted Panken Liner Notes
Charles Dawes Composer
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