Straight Up

Eric Alexander

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Straight Up Review

by Ron Wynn

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander finished second in the 1991 Thelonious Monk sax competition, and shows why throughout these eight tracks. He has a full, bright, impressive tone, excellent facility and command of the instrument and is steadily developing a personal sound. While the tracks vary in quality, most are at worst competent and at best outstanding. Alexander is more interesting on uptempo tunes than ballads, where he concentrates more on melodic presentation than thematic exposition.

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