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Eric Alexander Quartet -《Gentle Ballads》(轻柔情歌)[APE]

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    发行时间2009年05月12日
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专辑英文名Gentle Ballads
专辑中文名轻柔情歌
音乐风格爵士
资源格式APE
发行时间2009年05月12日
地区美国
语言英语
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艾瑞克亚历山大四重奏:轻柔情歌 Eric Alexander Quartet: Gentle Ballads (CD) 【Venus】

日本Swing Journal金赏奖
(Swing Journal选定ゴールドディスク)

萨克斯风新星加盟Venus Records首作,精采詮释动人情歌,充分展现萨克斯风惊人丰富音乐性。荣获Swing Journal金赏奖!


刚听到这张唱片,你可能会以为这是哪位老先生的萨克斯风吹奏,但是萨克斯风手艾瑞克亚历山大其实还不到四十岁!出生於美国伊利诺伊州的艾瑞克於六岁开始学钢琴,九岁起吹单簧管,十二岁起改吹萨克斯风,深受Bebop 大师如柯川、帕克等人的影响。在Delmark、Milestone等唱片公司推出过几张个人专辑,并於超过七十张以上的唱片中担任演出后,他已经是当下最快速窜升的萨克斯风明星。在 Venus Records主持人强力催生下,他终於在日本灌录了这张情歌专辑。

除了一首自写曲「Gently」外,本张专辑全部都是选录名家的作品。包括公爵的「Stormy Weather」、史崔宏的「Chelsea Bridge」、汉普顿的「Midnight Sun」等等,都是资深爵士乐迷能够朗朗上口的佳曲。专辑首曲「The Midnight Sun Will Never Set」则是由莎拉沃汉唱红的昆西琼斯经典曲目,在艾瑞克精采的詮释下,让人惊讶萨克斯风居然能够演奏出像人声般的丰富层次变化,让人心折。 四重奏搭配的乐手中有他的老搭档鼓手Joe Farnsworth,钢琴手Mike LeDonne 与贝斯手John Webber,这些乐手的表现精采,适当的将音乐中的留白填满,让音乐听起来平衡饱满而不落俗套。

录音在纽约著名的Avatar Studio进行,并使用Venus独家的Hyper Magnum Sound二十四位元母带处理与混音系统,品质极高,萨克斯风空气感十足,就连手指的动作都清晰的收录其中,清晰度极高,值得讚赏!日本名乐评人寺岛靖国认为这是艾瑞克亚历山大迄今为止最佳的作品,权威杂誌 Swing Journal也将本专辑列为当月推荐专辑,还得到年度银赏与企划制作大赏等殊荣。爵士新星的柔情作品,值得萨克斯风乐迷收藏品味。

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

【曲目】
01. The Midnight Sun Will Never Set 午夜太阳永不落下
02. Left Alone 放开
03. Gently 温柔的
04. Here's To Life 向人生致敬
05. Midnight Sun 午夜太阳
06. Harlem Nocturne 哈林小夜曲
07. Soul Eyes 灵魂之眼
08. Under A Blanket Of Blue 在一篮忧鬱之下
09. Stormy Weather 暴风雨天气
10. Chelsea Bridge 雀尔喜桥
11. Harlem Nocturne II 哈林小夜曲二

Audio CD (May 12, 2009)
Label: Venus Records
ASIN: B0029NYFDY

Eric Alexander: Gentle Ballads (2004)
By
DR. JUDITH SCHLESINGER,
Published: September 25, 2004 | 8,567 views
Eric Alexander: Gentle Ballads This CD offers classic fare from a well-oiled quartet. It's a satisfying sampler of tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's strong, burnished-copper tone, which is nicely balanced by pianist Mike LeDonne's elegant filigree. In a recent Downbeat interview, Alexander named Coleman Hawkins as a major influence because "he just puts the information on the plate, and more power to you if you can figure it out and make use of it for yourself." Alexander has a similar directness; even when he's blowing hard, he's no blowhard, scattering notes around just to prove he can do it. Every note has meaning.

Despite the CD's title, not all tracks are ballads, but the music rarely revs higher than mid-tempo; what you get are over 70 thoroughly mellow minutes. Most of them involve respectful takes on venerable standards: "Harlem Nocturne" appears on two tracks at different tempos, "Here's to Life" becomes a gentle samba, and "Stormy Weather" is a swinging, late-night Alexander/LeDonne duet.

There are also some lesser-heard gems like Mal Waldron's beautiful "Left Alone," the pensive Jones/Salvador tune "The Midnight Sun Will Never Set," and "Gently," a strong Alexander original that fits nicely into this set. The approach is primarily straightforward, with some nice solo turns all around—and kudos to drummer Joe Farnsworth and bassist John Webber for keeping things interesting in the background. Gentle Ballads is a classy, romantic CD.

Track Listing: The Midnight Sun Will Never Set, Left Alone, Gently, Here's to Life, Midnight Sun, Harlem Nocturne, Soul Eyes, Under a Blanket of Blue, Stormy Weather, Chelsea Bridge, Harlem Nocturne II

Personnel: Eric Alexander (tenor sax), John Webber (bass), Mike LeDonne (piano), Joe Farnsworth (drums) Tetsuo Hara, Todd Barkan (producers)

Record Label: Venus Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Jazz That Won't Put You To Sleep October 11, 2009
By Gregg Streicher
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is as advertised, a mellow collection of ballads from a classic ballad master, Eric Alexander. However, the selections are subtly varied in style and tempo so you won't be bored. Eric also is a "busy" player, more in the style of classic bop than the cool school, yet his melodic sense makes this accessable for all jazz fans. Perfect exanples of this are The Midnight Sun Will Never Set and his original composition Gently. Gently is worth the price of the album alone, it is a classic ballad in the vein of Body & Soul and has everything you want in a ballad, tenderness, subtle emotional shifts, soaring melodic lines, and a slight blusey feel. (If you're a Eric Alexander/Gently fan, you'll want to get the CD/DVD combo Prime Time; it has a longer, even better (if that's possible) version of Gently on the DVD, it's pure bliss, think "Affinity"/Toots Theilmans(sp)/Bill Evans cut of Body & Soul.

The rhythm section is superb, particularly pianist Mike Ladonne. Eric's sound is warm and shimmering, somewhat like his mentor Dexter Gordon, with amazing breath control and subtones. (Eric prefers the middle/bottom register of the tenor, as opposed to the high end of fellow master balladeer Stan Getz). Stormy Wheather is a bluesy tour de force and The Midnight Sun has a nice mambo/latin feel. You just can't go wrong with this album, and if you've liked any of his other ballads on other albums, this is a "must have" for your collection.

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

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专辑曲目

01. The Midnight Sun Will Never Set 6:02
02. Left Alone 6:14
03. Gently 5:24
04. Here's To Life 7:04
05. Midnight Sun 7:08
06. Harlem Nocturne 6:15
07. Soul Eyes 7:36
08. Under A Blanket of Blue 6:26
09. Stormy Weather 6:15
10. Chelsea Bridge 6:57
11. Harlem Nocturne 5:34

Recorded at Avatar Studio in New York on March 1 and 2 , 2004

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