Summit Meeting

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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
This strong set documents the continuing and developing ties between Alexander and Harold Mabern; as the saxophonist unleashes his full-bodied, Coltrane-like tone on a set of originals and unlikely standards, Mabern's restless support unifies and galvanizes the rhythm section. At times, the pianist is a little too busy; there are passages in, for example, "There but for the Grace of..." where he might have laid out for a while, especially to give air to the segue between solos by Alexander and guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton. And repetitious left-hand comps during his solos nearly derail the band's sprightly 3/4 rendition of "A House Is Not a Home" and the choruses ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
This strong set documents the continuing and developing ties between Alexander and Harold Mabern; as the saxophonist unleashes his full-bodied, Coltrane-like tone on a set of originals and unlikely standards, Mabern's restless support unifies and galvanizes the rhythm section. At times, the pianist is a little too busy; there are passages in, for example, "There but for the Grace of..." where he might have laid out for a while, especially to give air to the segue between solos by Alexander and guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton. And repetitious left-hand comps during his solos nearly derail the band's sprightly 3/4 rendition of "A House Is Not a Home" and the choruses in the blazing "Something's Got to Give." Still, almost every detail throughout the rest of the album fits into a pattern of potent swing, even at the difficult medium-slow tempo taken on "This Girl's in Love With You" the only track on the album that showcases the saxophonist exclusively as a soloist. Consistently assured improvisations from both Alexander and Payton provide the final touch necessary for the success of this session.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2002
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218932226
  • Catalog Number: 9322
  • Sales rank: 385,314

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summit Meeting - Nicholas Payton (8:04)
  2. 2 The Sweetest Sounds (7:44)
  3. 3 There But for the Grace of... - Nicholas Payton (8:51)
  4. 4 I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do (7:13)
  5. 5 A House Is Not a Home - Nicholas Payton (7:59)
  6. 6 This Girl's in Love With You (6:39)
  7. 7 Something's Gotta Give (5:32)
  8. 8 Andre's Turn - Nicholas Payton (7:12)
  9. 9 After the Rain (7:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Alexander Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Harold Mabern Piano
Nicholas Payton Trumpet, Flugelhorn
John Webber Bass
Joe Farnsworth Drums
Technical Credits
Mike LeDonne Arranger
Todd Barkan Producer
George Horn Mastering
Johnny Mercer Composer
Katherine Miller Engineer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Jon W. Poses Liner Notes
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