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Summit Meeting

  • 1. Summit Meeting
    2. Sweetest Sounds, The
    3. There But for the Grace of...
    4. I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do
    5. House Is Not a Home, A
    6. This Girl's in Love With You
    7. Something's Gotta Give
    8. Andre's Turn
    9. After the Rain
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MCD-9322-2

  • Credits
    ProducerTodd Barkan
    EngineerKatherine Miller

    Personnel includes: Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Nicholas Payton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harold Mabern (piano); John Webber (bass); Joe Farnsworth (drums).
    Recorded at The Studio, New York, New York on December 19 & 20, 2001. Includes liner notes by Jon W. Poses.
    Personnel: Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Nicholas Payton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harold Mabern (piano); Joe Farnsworth (drums).
    Audio Mixer: David Luke.
    Liner Note Author: Jon W. Poses.
    Recording information: The Studio, New York, NY (12/19/2001-12/20/2001).
    Photographer: John Abbott .
    Arranger: Mike LeDonne.
    This strong set documents the continuing and developing ties between Alexander and Harold Mabern; as the saxophonist unleashes his full-bodied, Coltrane-like tone on a set of originals and unlikely standards, Mabern's restless support unifies and galvanizes the rhythm section. At times, the pianist is a little too busy; there are passages in, for example, "There but for the Grace of..." where he might have laid out for a while, especially to give air to the segue between solos by Alexander and guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton. And repetitious left-hand comps during his solos nearly derail the band's sprightly 3/4 rendition of "A House Is Not a Home" and the choruses in the blazing "Something's Got to Give." Still, almost every detail throughout the rest of the album fits into a pattern of potent swing, even at the difficult medium-slow tempo taken on "This Girl's in Love With You" (the only track on the album that showcases the saxophonist exclusively as a soloist). Consistently assured improvisations from both Alexander and Payton provide the final touch necessary for the success of this session. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk

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