Dead Center

Dead Center

by Eric AlexanderEric Alexander


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2004
Label: Highnote
UPC: 0632375713126
catalogNumber: 757131
Rank: 85223

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Alexander   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Harold Mabern   Piano
John Webber   Bass,Double Bass
Joe Farnsworth   Drums

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Composer
McCoy Tyner   Composer
Eric Alexander   Composer
Todd Barkan   Producer,Audio Production
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Harold Mabern   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Derek Kwan   Producer

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