Personnel: Joey Alexander (piano); Alphonso Horne (trumpet); Ulysses Owens Jr., Sammy Miller (drums).
Audio Mixer: Kathrine Miller.
Liner Note Author: Jana Herzen.
Recording information: Avatar Studio, NYC (10/10/2014-10/26/2014).
Illustrator: James Gulliver Hancock.
Photographer: Rebecca Meek.
Arranger: Joey Alexander.
The debut album from jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander, 2015's My Favorite Things showcases the 11-year-old's stunning keyboard virtuosity. Joining Alexander here is a mix of older and younger associates, including journeyman bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. Also backing Alexander on various tracks are bassist Russell Hall, drummer Sammy Miller, and up-and-coming firebrand trumpeter Alphonso Horne. Working with Grammy-winning producer Jason Olaine, who previously helmed albums by such jazz luminaries as Roy Hargrove, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and others, Alexander delivers a handful of jazz standards and songs culled from the American Popular Songbook in adroit, acoustic, swinging fashion. ~ Matt Collar
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