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Eric Alexander

Eric Alexander started piano lessons at the age of six. He took up the clarinet at nine and switched to alto sax three years later. The tenor sax became his obsession at Indiana University Bloomington (1986-87). After transferring to William Paterson College in New Jersey he studied with Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others.

“The people I listened to in college are still the cats who are influencing me today,” Eric says. “The legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel—that's the bread and butter of everything I do.” George Coleman is a big influence because of his very hip harmonic approach. And I'm still listening all the time to Coltrane because I feel that—even in the wildest moments of his mid- to late-60s solos—I can find these little kernels of melodic information and employ them in my own playing.”

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Discography

Song of No Regrets

Song of No Regrets

HighNote Records
2017

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Second Impression

Second Impression

HighNote Records
2016

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The Real Thing

The Real Thing

HighNote Records
2015

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Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire

HighNote Records
2014

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Touching

Touching

HighNote Records
2013

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Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire

HighNote Records
2012

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