Eric Alexander (US jazz saxophonist)

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Eric Alexander (born August 4, 1968) is an American jazz saxophonist, known for his sophisticated hard bop and post-bop style.

Alexander began as a classical musician, studying alto saxophone at Indiana University with Eugene Rousseau in 1986. He soon switched to jazz and the tenor saxophone, however, and transferred to William Paterson University, where he studied with Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid, Joe Lovano, Gary Smulyan, Norman Simmons, Steve Turre and others.

Alexander first achieved fame by finishing second (behind Joshua Redman and ahead of Chris Potter) at the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. He was quickly signed and began recording albums.

Influenced heavily by John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon and George Coleman, Alexander has worked with many notable jazz musicians, including Chicago pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Joseph Farnsworth, and guitarist Pat Martino. He has also recorded and toured extensively with the sextet One for All.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 The First Milestone Eric Alexander 1
2001 The Second Milestone Eric Alexander 1
2003 Nightlife in Tokyo Eric Alexander 1
2005 The Battle (live at Smoke) Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring 1
2006 It's All in the Game Eric Alexander 1
2009 Revival of the Fittest Eric Alexander 1
2010 Chim Chim Cheree Eric Alexander 1
2013 Touching Eric Alexander 1
2014 I Love Music Mike Ledonne, Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Joe Farnsworth 1
Dead Center Eric Alexander 1
In Europe Eric Alexander 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Alexander the Great Eric Alexander 1
Solid Eric Alexander 1

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