Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Alex Terrier New York Quartet Featuring Kenny Barron

This is a great album and shows Alex at his best with world class musicians! This is another illustration of a player who is really playing at a high level, and deserves attention for not only being true to tradition but also the art of real jazz.. His style is beautiful- he sure sounds like he's having fun too.His playing is quintessentially modern. Alex and his NYQ give this recording an austere clarity of classic perfection, the feel is there and so is the quality of the band. In a word... clarity. If you want to hear something truly genuine, if you want to immerse yourself in some beautiful music, listen to this. I'd add that this one is a very well recorded album as well. His sound is truly focused and very fresh. The album Alex Terrier New York Quartet Featuring Kenny Barron is available now- right here - http://www.alexterriermusic.com/alex-terrier-nyq-featuring-kenny-barron Alex made his mark with this one...probably his best yet,a classic,it catches every mood and rises to the top of the new releases... you just can't put it down. Check out the nice rapport he has with Kenny Barron,really developed lines, phrasing and focused solos. I am a huge Kenny Barron fan, and to me Kenny is one of the best jazz has to offer.His comping and mastery of making the music speak is a life lesson. What a beautiful player! ALEX IS IMPRESSIVE...Alex Terrier was born in Paris, France, in 1980. He didn't grow up in a musical environment, but "the day I sat down to the piano was the first step to a life long journey into the world of music" Alex says. Studying classical piano for a few years, it was a shock when Alex Terrier, around age 12, heard Duke Ellington and the sound of saxophonist Johnny Hodges. That was the second step. From that day on, Alex Terrier has been dedicating his life to Jazz: "I used to get up in the morning and play the piano half asleep, really first thing in the morning before breakfast. I would listen to music all the time, read, study... that's all I did when I was a kid". His first influences were Duke Ellington, Memphis Slim, Fats Domino, and Sydney Bechet, as these were the few LPs he found in his father's home office. Alex Terrier received a Brevet de Technicien des Métiers de la Musique in Sèvres (it is hard to translate, but that could be Music Technological Diploma) in 1999. He received a Médaille d'Or at the Ecole Nationale de Musique d'Evry before going to Berklee College of Music in 2004. He graduated from Berklee in 2007 with a Dual Degree in Performance and Jazz Composition. He has been since then an active member of the New York scene and has become the first French musician to be part of the legendary Mingus Big Band. - This is an inspired work of art! The record is a tour-du-force of musical vision and mastery of improvisational inventiveness within a melodic and harmonic form that draws the listener in immediately.You need to hear this CD,buy it. It's SPEC-TA-CU-LAR. Nothing less. ~ Tim Price / Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds January 2015.

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