Genre: Jazz
Label: Venus


Eric Alexander Quartet Lazy Afternoon: Gentle Ballads IV Single-Layer Stereo Japanese Import SACD

The Eric Alexander Quartet

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This Single-Layer SACD can only be played on a Super Audio CD Player!

Fourth Entry in Renowned "Gentle Ballads" Series!

Lazy Afternoon: Gentle Ballads IV is the fourth in the renowned "Gentle Ballads" series. Like the earlier Gentle Ballads, Gentle Ballads II and Gentle Ballads III, this album is a collection of beautiful ballads that showcases the brawny and powerful Alexander's gentle and lyrical side.

Alexander's maturity as a musician is clearly reflected in his ballad playing. His big tone, his ability to express small nuances, and his muscular style free of cheap sentimentality combine to create stunning effects, elevating this album's status from merely good to one of a modern masterpiece.

Alexander and co. avoids uniformity by playing aggressively in some of their solos. The song selections are also more varied than in the past and includes lesser known gems like "Feelin' Good," "Slow Hot Wind" as well as jazz musicians' originals such as Cedar Walton's "When Love Was New" and Johnny Griffin's "When We Were One." Highly recommended!

"Alexander is at his emotional peak...This is another superb outing by Eric Alexander." -Ken Dryden,

• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Single-Layer SACD can only be played on a Super Audio CD Player! It will NOT play on conventional CD Players!
• Made in Japan

Eric Alexander, tenor sax
Mike LeDonne, piano
John Webber, bass
Joe Farnsworth, drums

1. Feelin' Good
2. Lazy Afternoon
3. When Love Was New
4. Slow Hot Wind
5. My Funny Valentine
6. Goodbye
7. When We Were One
8. The Good Life
9. Angel Eyes
10. Blue Gardenia

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