Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Eric Alexander and his touring quartet are caught live in concert for their first DVD release and make for an auspicious first CD + DVD release from HighNote Records. A two disc set featuring originals, and jazz standards in superb quality video and audio. Videographer Andy O'Neill's independent film, Anywhere U.S.A. has been invited to compete at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. A feast for eyes and ears
Down Beat (p.78) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[Alexander] has an exhilarating level of stamina, which allied to harmonic acuity and playfulness with the rhythmic/textural aspects of his horn, makes for an exciting cocktail..."
JazzTimes (p.86) - "[T]he quartet arrangements are soulful, straightahead and Blue Note-tinted, with Alexander out front playing vibrant, fluid tenor..."
Eric Alexander (Saxophone): Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); David Hazeltine (piano); John Webber (bass instrument); Joe Farnsworth (drums).
In both bop and soul-jazz contexts in the `90s and `00s, Eric Alexander has established himself as one of America's foremost mainstream tenor saxophonists. PRIME TIME is a special treat for Alexander fans, as it's comprised of CD and DVD versions of a live performance in North Carolina in 2007, capturing in both formats the intimacy and assured interplay of Alexander with his regular band. With this double-disc set, Alexander proves that the straight-ahead tenor tradition of Gene Ammons, George Coleman, and yes, Eddie Harris (who's given props on one track) is still in good hands.