C. Alexander

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.

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.
Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kolner Akademie - Mattheson: Der liebreiche und Geduldige David (2009)

Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie - Mattheson: Der liebreiche und Geduldige David (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 60:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 360-2 | Recorded: 2007

Johann Mattheson gained lasting renown as a music writer with his two main works Die musikalische Ehrenpforte and Der vollkommene Kapellmeister, with the latter representing a foundational writing on cultural politics, musical aesthetics, and compositional practice in the first half of the eighteenth century. Mattheson was also himself a composer and experienced his most productive phase in this capacity during his years as cathedral music director at the Hamburg Cathedral (1715-28). He wrote twenty-four oratorios and other works for the cathedral music until increasing deafness forced him to resign from his post. That Mattheson is not at all known as a composer certainly has to do with the fact that a considerable portion of his compositional oeuvre was regarded as lost until 1998, when some works were rediscovered in a war evacuation depot in Erivan (Yerevan), Armenia. These works include Der liebreiche und geduldige David (The Loving and Patient David) of 1723, one of Mattheson’s last oratorios. It reveals him to us as a dramatically well-versed, highly imaginative musician who more than deserves his personal renaissance. cpo vows to take up his cause!

Eric Alexander - Chicago Fire (2014)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 8, 2018
Eric Alexander - Chicago Fire (2014)

Eric Alexander - Chicago Fire (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 428.18 Mb | 55:40 | Covers
Post-Bop, Straight-Ahead Jazz | Country: USA | Label: HighNote - HCD 7262

Recorded at the storied Rudy Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Eric Alexander's 2014 effort, Chicago Fire, finds the tenor saxophonist paying tribute to the city that helped shape his sound and career. Having studied with pianist and Chicago native Harold Mabern while at William Patterson College, Alexander established himself in the Windy City after graduating in the early '90s. He has worked with Mabern ever since and their mutual love and musical synergy is palpable here. Also backing Alexander are his longtime compatriots bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth. Trumpeter and High Note labelmate Jeremy Pelt also joins in on several cuts. As with all of Alexander's output, Chicago Fire is a no-nonsense set of original and cover songs that showcases his passionate, swinging, straight-ahead jazz sound.

Eric Alexander - Second Impression (2016)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 8, 2018
Eric Alexander - Second Impression (2016)

Eric Alexander - Second Impression (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 366.73 Mb | 54:48 | Covers
Mainstream Jazz, Post-Bop | Country: USA | Label: HighNote Records - HCD 7296

Not only has tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander recorded more than thirty-five albums as a leader since arriving in New York City some twenty years ago, he has appeared on almost as many others as a sideman. He's such an earnest blue-collar worker that one almost expects him to carry his saxophone in a lunch pail instead of the standard instrument case. Any Second Impression would mirror the first: Alexander is a tireless craftsman who loves to play and, more to the point, always shows up ready to play. Nothing seems to impede him, even the severe back pain he was suffering as this latest recording was being made.
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov - Franck: Violin Sonata; Chausson: Concert (2017)

Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov - Franck: Violin Sonata; Chausson: Concert (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet, artwork | 332 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi – HMM902254 | Tracks: 08 | Time: 67:05 min
Classical

Regular chamber partners Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, playing on period instruments, shine new light on two major works of chamber music written at the dawn of the 20th century.
Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring - Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke (2012)

Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring - Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 406 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included | 01:02:46
Post-Bop, Hard Bop, Straight-Ahead, Saxophone Jazz | Label: HighNote | # HCD 7232

There is a long tradition of "saxophone battles" in jazz with duos such as Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray or Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane performing together in a kind of sporting joust of abilities, a gentleman's contest for who is the better player. On the 2012 concert album Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring join in this tradition with a swinging, passionate set of standards recorded live at the respected N.Y.C. venue. The album is actually a re-pairing of the duo, who first sparred on 2005's Battle: Live at Smoke. This time around they spar over such numbers as Hank Mobley's "Pat 'N' Chat," McCoy Tyner's "Inception," the standard "You've Changed," as well as Herring's own "Timothy," among others. Backing the saxophonists here are pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist John Webber, and drummer Carl Allen. This is a lively and exciting session of adventurous and old-school straight-ahead jazz.
Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov - Weber: Sonatas for Piano & Violin, Piano Quartet (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov - Weber: Sonatas for Piano & Violin, Piano Quartet (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 69:59 minutes | 1.23 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The unjustly neglected piano quartet (J76) was completed in September of the year 1809, which the 22-year-old Weber spent in Stuttgart. It was originally offered to the publisher Hans Georg Nägeli, but he rejected it, advising the composer that it created wanton ‘confusion in the arrangement of its ideas’ and indeed too obviously imitated the ‘bizarreries’ of Beethoven.

Alexander the Great: Footsteps in the Sand (2004)  Video

Posted by Tutorial at Nov. 29, 2017
Alexander the Great: Footsteps in the Sand (2004)

Alexander the Great: Footsteps in the Sand (2004)
DVDRip | 720 x 544 | .MP4/AVC @ 1511 Kbps | 1 h 29 min | 1.03 GB
Audio: English AAC 127 Kbps, 2 channels | Subs: None
Genre: Documentary, History

Visionary warrior, ambitious youth, angry son, ruthless conqueror. Such words have been used to describe Alexander the Great. But who exactly was this proclaimed man? When he set out to conquer the world way back in the 4th Century BC, not even the erstwhile philosophers of Ancient Greece could have predicted that the 20 year old would bend the course of history to his will, and make a name for himself that was never to be forgotten.
Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra & Alexander Shelley - Encount3rs (2017)

Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra & Alexander Shelley - Encount3rs
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 86:58 min | 381 MB
Label: Analekta ‎– AN 2 8871-2 | Tracks: 05 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Orchestral, Contemporary

Encount3rs is an unprecedented project, event and recording which has resulted in remarkable new one-act ballets and original orchestral scores. This new album consists of the music from this landmark NAC commission which pairs three of Canada's outstanding choreographic talents with three of the country's most exciting composers.