Eric Alexander - Nightlife In Tokyo (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 380.55 Mb | 58:30 | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz | Label: Milestone Records
First off, while its title might suggest otherwise, this is not a live album; the CD takes its name from a piece by Eric Alexander's pianist, the veteran Harold Mabern. This is a fitting gesture, as Mabern is a key to this session's many pleasures and has been a mentor to Alexander during the saxophonist's steady rise to the top ranks of his art form. For this December 2002 session, Alexander offers a sustained program of fresh, creative, and advanced hard bop that unequivocally establishes him as a player who is not only fully aware of the tradition, but who is now among those most eminently qualified to develop it further.