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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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Albums

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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Don't Follow the Crowd
Don't Follow the Crowd
HighNote Records
2011
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Eric Alexander Quartet: Chim Chim Cheree
Eric Alexander...
Venus Jazz
2010
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