A New Beginning - Alto Saxophone With Strings

Eric Alexander

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Format: CD

Cat No: HCD7342

Release Date:  28 April 2023

Label:  HighNote Records

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  632375734220

Genres:  Jazz  Contemporary  

  • Description

    As difficult times often beget new beginnings, the COVID-19 quagmire gave birth to alto saxophonist Eric Alexander.

    To some, a tenor-to-alto switch may not seem to be a newsworthy matter, but for the initiated it's the stuff of headlines. An inveterate tenor at the apex of the scene for more than three decades, Eric put the alto away in his teen years and never looked back. "But with the dearth of opportunities to play during the pandemic, I started to work on it," he confesses.

    After successfully pitching the idea of using his second saxophone-with-strings project as a debut on alto, the present recording is quite simply astounding. Working with his regular rhythm section and adding ace string arrangements, this altoist delivers one revelatory performance after another.

    Eric Alexander: alto saxophone

    David Hazeltine: piano

    John Webber: bass

    Joe Farnsworth: drums

    String arrangements and conducting by Bill Dobbins (tracks 2 - 8 only)

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Blues for Diane
      • 2. Embraceable You
      • 3. All My Tomorrows
      • 4. Maybe September
      • 5. To Love and Be Loved
      • 6. Anita
      • 7. She Was Too Good to Me
      • 8. Too Late Now
      • 9. Blues for Diane (Alternate Take)