Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Chim Chim Cheree

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Chim Chim Cheree

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Eric Alexander

Chim Chim Cheree

Venus VHJD-32

Eric Alexander-tenor sax, Harold Mabern-Piano, John Webber-bass, Joe Farnsworth-drums; rec. October 3,2009, Avator Studio New York City.

You Don't Know What Love Is / Chim Chim Cheree / Dear Lord / On the (sic) Misty Night / Pursuance / Wise One

Eric Alexander is a prominent and prolific purveyor of the modern mainstream style of tenor sax. However, he is becoming akin to one of his influences, Sonny Stitt, in that he has been recorded with such frequency that it's hard to distinguish one of his offerings from another. On the other hand, he takes such obvious joy in playing and has such a proficient technique (again just like Stitt), that it's hard to argue with the consistently high quality of the results.

That being said, this record is a bit of a disappointment. His tackling of the Coltrane oeuvre should have been of considerable interest. Except for a few instances, the results are a bit flat. His transformation of Dear Lord into a Latin number is both inspired and a bit disturbing. The piece flows with the Latin beat and new elements of the song become evident, however, it strips the piece of its original spirituality. Wise One and Chim Chim are treated in the Coltrane manner, but here the impression is that Mr Alexander is only running through his Coltrane licks. …

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