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Dead Center

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Recalling the moody and atmospheric mid-to-late-'60s work of fellow reedmen Wayne Shorter and Hank Mobley, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's Dead Center has a reflective quality that lends itself to such timely compositions as McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace." It also reveals Alexander's lithe and gentle touch on standards including "Almost Like Being in Love," while lesser known works like Herbie Hancock's "Sonrisa" showcase his deft harmonic invention and superb rhythmic sense. Similarly, pianist Harold Mabern's groove-oriented "A Few Miles From Memphis" is propelled along by drummer Joe Farnsworth's soul-inflected beat with Alexander nudging lines back and forth deep inside the rhythm pocket. While not a significant departure from his past work, Dead Center nonetheless finds Alexander revealing himself as a grounded and muscular improviser who never takes his eye off the target. ~ Matt Collar

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One for Steve 00:06:49

E. Alexander, Composer - Eric Alexander, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

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Sonrisa 00:06:46

H. Hancock, Composer - Eric Alexander, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

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Almost Like Being in Love 00:06:41

F. Loewe, Composer - A. Lerner, Composer - Eric Alexander, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

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It's Magic 00:06:25

J. Styne, Composer - S. Cahn, Composer - Eric Alexander, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

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A Few Miles from Memphis 00:07:01

Eric Alexander, MainArtist - H. Mabern, Jr., Composer

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

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Search for Peace 00:08:03

M. Tyner, Composer - Eric Alexander, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

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Dead Center 00:06:14

P. Martino, Composer - Eric Alexander, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

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I Could Have Danced All Night 00:03:58

F. Loewe, Composer - A. Lerner, Composer - Eric Alexander, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

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Recalling the moody and atmospheric mid-to-late-'60s work of fellow reedmen Wayne Shorter and Hank Mobley, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's Dead Center has a reflective quality that lends itself to such timely compositions as McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace." It also reveals Alexander's lithe and gentle touch on standards including "Almost Like Being in Love," while lesser known works like Herbie Hancock's "Sonrisa" showcase his deft harmonic invention and superb rhythmic sense. Similarly, pianist Harold Mabern's groove-oriented "A Few Miles From Memphis" is propelled along by drummer Joe Farnsworth's soul-inflected beat with Alexander nudging lines back and forth deep inside the rhythm pocket. While not a significant departure from his past work, Dead Center nonetheless finds Alexander revealing himself as a grounded and muscular improviser who never takes his eye off the target. ~ Matt Collar

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