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Valerie van der Graaf by Rogier Alexander for 'Cyber Species' project

Valerie van der Graaf - Rogier Alexander Photoshoot
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Monty Alexander - Monty Strikes Again (1976/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Monty Alexander - Monty Strikes Again: Live In Germany (1976/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 41:42 minutes | 832 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Not every musician can pull off a program in front of an audience that ranges through a wide variety of jazz styles, but Monty Alexander does so, even within the opener, "On Green Dolphin Street." Starting this familiar standard in a bop mode, he detours into boogie-woogie until guitarist Ernest Ranglin takes over. His lovely improvised introduction to "Emily" gives way to a much slower than typical arrangement, which emphasizes the beauty of Henry Mancini's original conception, though with a few changes incorporated by the leader…
Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring - The Battle: Live at Smoke (2005)

Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring - The Battle: Live at Smoke (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 395.01 Mb | 01:00:33 | Scans included
Post-Bop, Mainstream Jazz | Label: HighNote - HCD 7137

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring pair up for two nights of fireworks at Smoke on this 2005 release. Unlike the various two-tenor battles that have appeared on numerous releases over the decades, the contrast provided by featuring two different reeds is easier on one's ears. The furious take of "Blues Up and Down" (penned by the two-tenor team of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt) is a long workout starting with Alexander's intense solo, though Herring provides a bit of humor, especially with a brief lick from Lester Young's "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid." Cedar Walton's "Firm Roots" also kicks up a few sparks.

Eric Alexander - Summit Meeting (2002)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 18, 2018
Eric Alexander - Summit Meeting (2002)

Eric Alexander - Summit Meeting (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 432.21 Mb | 01:06:42 | Cover
Post-Bop | Country: USA | Label: Milestone Records ‎- MCD-9322-2

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.
Ernest Ranglin & Monty Alexander - Monty Alexander - Ernest Ranglin (1981/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Monty Alexander, Ernest Ranglin - Untitled [a.k.a. Just Friends] (1981/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 49:11 minutes | 893 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Originally released on MPS Records, this is a subtle and fairly creative duet set featuring pianist Monty Alexander and the Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin. On seven standards (including "Just Friends", "If I Should Lose You" and "Fly Me To The Moon") and three originals, Alexander and Ranglin listen closely to each other and indulge in some tight musical interaction. Although boppish, the music is not overly predictable; the musicians' mutual respect is obvious. Well worth searching for.
Monty Alexander - Here Comes The Sun (1971/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Monty Alexander - Here Comes The Sun (1971/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 39:50 minutes | 766 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

This 1971 recording signals the beginning of Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander’s fruitful relationship with MPS, lasting over a decade and encompassing some dozen albums. Originally touted as heir to Oscar Peterson’s crown, Alexander is famous for his virtuoso melding of jazz, the sounds of the Caribbean and blues. The classic Dave Brubeck Quartet’s bassist Eugene Wright, calypso percussionist Montego Joe, and ace drummer Duffy Jackson round out the quartet.

Alexander the Great: The Truth Behind the Myth  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by AlexGolova at Jan. 16, 2018
Alexander the Great: The Truth Behind the Myth

Alexander the Great: The Truth Behind the Myth by Paul Cartledge
English | 29 Aug. 2013 | ISBN: 1447237196 | 368 Pages | AZW3 | 1.71 MB

Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads II (2008)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 16, 2018
Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads II (2008)

Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads II (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 400.45 Mb + 19.17 Mb (Scans) | 64:47
Post Bop | Label: Venus Records VHCD-3002

Like its predecessor, Gentle Ballads, Gentle Ballads, Vol. 2 is another fairly low-key session led by Eric Alexander. Not only is the personnel identical (pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth), but the cover art once again features a nude photo by the late Jeanloup Sieff, quite possibly the same model from the same photo shoot. The tenor saxophonist mixes things up a bit more during this 2006 session, playing ballads that were hits for popular singers ("Mona Lisa" and "I'm a Fool to Want You"), 1960s Broadway ("Who Can I Turn To"), and 1960s pop ("The Look of Love"), in addition to the expected standards. Best are the deliberate take of Duke Ellington's timeless melancholy ballad "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" and a bluesy, loping treatment of Neal Hefti's "Li'l Darlin'," which became a signature piece for Count Basie. The John Coltrane influence is again apparent, though Alexander isn't a mere clone, even if this enjoyable date falls short of being groundbreaking.

Eric Alexander Quartet - Chim Chim Cheree (2010) (Repost)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 16, 2018
Eric Alexander Quartet - Chim Chim Cheree (2010) (Repost)

Eric Alexander Quartet - Chim Chim Cheree (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 471.79 Mb | 1:02:27 | Scans included
Post Bop | Label: Venus Records, Inc. (VHCD-1038)

Chim Chim Cheree has been dubbed "a tribute to John Coltrane." Returning with usual sidemen Harold Mabern at the piano, Joe Farnsworth on drums, and bassist John Webber, this album represents a thorough examination of Coltrane's music made up of Coltrane originals and tunes Coltrane ostensibly owned throughout his career. While George Coleman, Dexter Gordon, and Sonny Stitt are most often cited as the foremost influences on Alexander, Coltrane is clearly among them.

Eric Alexander - Nightlife In Tokyo (2003)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 16, 2018
Eric Alexander - Nightlife In Tokyo (2003)

Eric Alexander - Nightlife In Tokyo (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 380.55 Mb | 58:30 | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz | Label: Milestone Records

First off, while its title might suggest otherwise, this is not a live album; the CD takes its name from a piece by Eric Alexander's pianist, the veteran Harold Mabern. This is a fitting gesture, as Mabern is a key to this session's many pleasures and has been a mentor to Alexander during the saxophonist's steady rise to the top ranks of his art form. For this December 2002 session, Alexander offers a sustained program of fresh, creative, and advanced hard bop that unequivocally establishes him as a player who is not only fully aware of the tradition, but who is now among those most eminently qualified to develop it further.