Noted by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as a “crisp, young alto saxophonist”, Manhattan-based saxophonist and composer Alex LoRe is quickly making himself known throughout the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Tarpon Springs, Florida, LoRe has been mentored by a “who’s who” of saxophonists, including Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, James Moody, and Steve Wilson to name a few. Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and educator Bunky Green says LoRe “…will emerge to become one of the leading voices on the international jazz scene.” Saxophonist George Garzone describes his playing as “bold and unforgiving”, with “...a beautiful sound; he understands the concept of melody.” With a strong upbringing in classical music, LoRe’s playing and compositions are influenced by many genres, ranging from European classical music through today’s most influential artists on both the jazz and popular music scenes.
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LoRe is making the connections among about 70 years’ worth of contemplative, articulate and light-toned players, people who can find the emotional node of a ballad where modesty turns nearly to shame, and also locate a single, fine, well-placed note through abstraction or understatement: Johnny Hodges, Lee Konitz, Mark Turner.
– Ben Ratliff, NY Times
The debut album of Alex LoRe establishes him as an alto saxophonist of relaxed composure, with an ear toward group interplay.
– Nate Chinen, NY Times
LoRe acquaints us with his good sense of swing and modulation, as well as an attractive, velvety tone seldom heard from the current generation of jazz sax practitioners.
– Victor Aaron, Something Else! Reviews
LoRe is that rare young alto saxophonist who eschews the dominance of Charlie Parker…creates richly melodic lines with harmonic daring and a consistently warm, inviting tone.
– George Kanzler, Hot House Magazine
…[LoRe’s] alto lines develop intelligently, making many of the tracks sound as if one was watching the creative process in real time.
– Richard Kamins, Step Tempest