Eric Alexander – Chicago Fire

June 6, 2014 / No Comments / Tags: Chicago Fire, eric alexander, Harold Mabern, Highnote, jeremy pelt, Joe Farnsworth, John Webber,

(High Note)

When tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander blows his horn it sounds as big as the city of Chicago. So the fact that his latest recording is titled Chicago Fire is more than fitting. Alexander’s playing here is blazing, and the set is decidedly uptempo. The menu on this effort is a mix of originals and nicely re-worked compositions by Cole Porter, Buddy Johnson and Henry Nemo. This fantastic endeavor is further enhanced by an outstanding lineup, including Harold Mabern, who contributed two songs to the project, on piano, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Joe Farnsworth on drums and John Webber on bass. It’s absolutely one of Alexander’s best productions. Top shelf all the way.

Click to listen to a clip of “Mr. Stitt”:

Tracks: Save Your Love For Me, The Bee Hive, Eddie Harris, Just One Of Those Things, Blueski for Vonski, Mr. Stitt, You Talk That Talk, Don’t Talk Your Love From Me .