Eric Alexander, tenor saxophone; David Hazeltine, piano; Peter Washington, Bass; Louis Hayes, drums.
An assured, positive, powerful quartet this. Louis Hayes on drums can drive a pulse with clarity and incision; Eric Alexander's sax is full and biting, bold, confident and switching direction seamlessly; punching the air with sure footed statements. David Hazeltine strikes his notes with different tone control, different emphasis, offering a story, a question or a quizzical enquiry; listen to "Didn't We", or "Jessica's Night". "O Grande Amor" offers compulsive drumming, strong solos from Sax and piano and a good stretch from the bass of Peter Washington. "East of the Sun" led off by Alexander's sax fairly cooks at an up tempo gallop.
The Classic Trio have made two albums of their own and backed others, about 1997 Eric Alexander sat in with them and the seeds for this album were planted.
Good straight ahead Jazz from guys who know their music.
by Ferdinand Maylin
Jazz Now Interactive
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