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Joey Alexander

Saturday, July 27, 2019, 8:00 PM


Too often, talented young artists succumb to believing so much in their own ability that they lose sight of their true potential as significant contributors to their field. Thankfully, there are others committed to evolving and lifting the music to new levels of appreciation with enthusiasm, engagement, and emotional depth. Enter pianist Joey Alexander, who at the age of 14 has already recorded two GRAMMY-nominated studio albums, 2015s My Favorite Things and 2016s Countdown, as well as Joey.Monk.Live!, a critically acclaimed surprise release from late 2017 to honor Thelonious Monks centennial. With his third studio effort Eclipse, his most personal statement to date, Joey takes another giant step forward, demonstrating his aptitude as a composer, bandleader, and musician, hinting at the many artistic paths open to him in the decades ahead.Eclipse, recorded over a three-day period beginning on the day of the solar eclipse of 2017, features the pianist with a stellar rhythm section of bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, and guest appearances by saxophonist Joshua Redman on three tracks. The program ranges from jazz classics penned by John Coltrane and Bill Evans, to the Beatles hit Blackbird, and a reverent gospel reimagining of the 1875 hymn Draw Me Nearer. Most importantly though, Eclipse showcases Alexanders significant progress as an astute composer, writing six of the eleven tunes. Born in 2003 in Bali, Alexander lived in Jakarta from age eight to ten and then moved to New York City in 2014, where he has experienced one of the most ascendant careers ever seen in jazz. Jason Olaine, a GRAMMY-winning producer who serves as Director of Programming for Jazz At Lincoln Center and has produced all four of Alexanders albums, says he continues to be impressed by the pianists fantastic gift. Joey is such a huge talent coming out of a young player, however he wants to create and have fun by playing. Its not about the accolades or the applause. He added, Eclipse shows what an amazing journey Joey has been on, and hes playing with an openness and clarity.Joey has an infectious sense of play and a deep fascination with the kaleidoscopic possibilities of jazz, says Motema founder Jana Herzen, who signed the artist at age 10. What an amazing adventure these four years have been with Joey. Each album his musicality gets deeper and broader. Last year with Joey.Monk.Live!, his sophisticated and vibrant approach to the music of one of the most recorded and respected composers in jazz inspired even the toughest of critics to tip their hats. Now, with Eclipse hes emerging as a multi-dimensional composer. I cant wait to hear what happens next.For Eclipse, Joey, his family, and producer Jason Olaine decided to change the recording setting from the bustling city to the peaceful Dreamland Studios in upstate New York. That was a totally different vibe, says Alexander. Everything was green and it felt like home. It was a relaxing time for all of us. It was a good change. I found inspiration there.As a pianist, Alexander is neither flashy nor bombastic. He approaches the instrument with discipline, as heard on the opening track Bali, playing subtly and gently in some stretches with delicate harmonies, playful and scampering in others as he displaces rhythms. He also possesses an elemental sense of melody, as heard on the final track, an original titled Peace, exhibiting the patience and instinct to get his melodic statements just right. Ive learned how to be a good listener, Alexander says.Alexander is joined by tenor titan Joshua Redman on the originals Faithful, about the sacrifices and challenges he and his family have faced in pursuit of his art, and Fourteen, written on his birthday, and a nod to the numbers significance in biblical deliverance. Alexander and Redman also explore a pensive duo take on Ray Nobels 1934 timeless ballad, The Very Thought ofYou.As on his previous studio dates, Alexander returned to the well of Coltrane

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