• eric alexander Song of No Regrets (CD, £11.50)

    Hearing tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander is one of the great treats in jazz. There are few artists on stage today who combine chops, imagination and technique with a fluidity of ideas as he does. This imposing improviser is reunited here with pianist David Hazeltine and they're joined by another jazz great, the always daring trumpeter Jon Faddis on a couple of the tracks. Add in the swing engendered by bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth and you have a formula for excellence, if ever there was one. Alexander produced the session and there is a strong Latin feel throughout thanks to the contributions of vibrant percussionist Alex Diaz spurring the band on with a whole trunk load of Latin percussion instruments. In addition to the Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 title tune, the set-list features a satisfying mix of originals and covers all given the patented Alexander treatment. Personnel: Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone), David Hazeltine (piano), John Webber (bass), Joe Farnsworth,(drums), Alex Diaz (percussion), Special guest: Jon Faddis (trumpet). TRACK LISTING 1. But Here's the Thing - 2. These Three Words - 3. Grinder - 4. Corazon perdido - 5. Mas Que Nada - 6. Boom Zoom - 7. Song of No Regrets - 8. Cede's Shack - 9. Up, Up and Away

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