Eric Alexander Quartet – Sunday In New York (2005) [Japan 2015] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Eric Alexander Quartet – Sunday In New York (2005) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 62:11 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,98 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,78 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 811 MB

Since finishing second to Joshua Redman in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s tenor sax competition, Eric Alexander has built an impressive discography as a leader, while also drawing a lot of attention in both the U.S. and Japan. This Venus release, recorded in 2005 and one of the last sessions by pianist John Hicks (who died just over a year later), primarily focuses on standards, with the exception of Hicks’ tense hard bop vehicle ‘Avotcja.’ A loping treatment of ‘Sunday in New York’ is a solid opener, conveying the image of a brisk walk in Central Park on a cool autumn day.

Alexander’s driving arrangement of ‘Dearly Beloved’ and the lush, slowly savored duet with Hicks of ‘Like Someone in Love’ are obvious highlights. He also revives the unjustly obscure ‘My Girl Is Just Enough Woman for Me’ in swinging fashion. The hard-charging setting of ‘Alone Together’ shows the influence of Dexter Gordon, while the gorgeous interpretation of ‘My Romance’ is the perfect wrap to an outstanding date. Bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth, two of New York City’s most in-demand players and regular collaborators with Alexander, provide strong support throughout the recording.


01. Sunday In New York
02. Avotcja
03. Dearly Beloved
04. Like Someone In Love
05. Watch What Happens
06. My Girl Is Just Enough Woman For Me
07. Alone Together
08. My Romance

Eric Alexander – tenor sax
John Hicks – piano
John Webber – bass
Joe Farnsworth – drums

Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara.
Recorded on March 18, 2005 at Avatar Studios in New York.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-105.




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