Joey Alexander – My Favorite Things (2015)

Artist: Joey Alexander
Title Of Album: My Favorite Things
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: Motema Music
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 58:00
Total Size: 136 MB
Covers: Front

01. Giant Steps (10:12)
02. Lush Life ( 8:10)
03. My Favorite Things ( 6:11)
04. It Might As Well Be Spring ( 5:24)
05. Ma Blues ( 6:46)
06. ‘Round Midnight ( 6:47)
07. I Mean You ( 4:11)
08. Tour De Force ( 5:46)
09. Over The Rainbow ( 4:27)

Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpassar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s «Well, You Needn’t» and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. Despite no formal jazz education, Joey rose quickly in the Indonesian jazz scene and beyond. In 2013 he was featured at jazz festivals in both Jakarta and Copenhagen, and won the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine – besting over 200 adult contestants. In 2014, Joey performed at star-studded galas for Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Rose Room, The Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo and the Arthur Ashe Foundation. The 12 year old Joey has signed with Motema records and is rapidly growing in demand on the international circuit.

Driven by Alexander’s imagination, sophisticated arrangements and dazzling playing, `My Favorite Things’ is soulful and joyful. It is also statement of intent, a compelling introduction to a budding young leader, performer and composer, who plays with power and elation. From his impressionistic introduction to «Giant Steps» to the spirited interplay with his band mates on «It Might As Well Be Spring,» to his singular closing rendition of «Over The Rainbow,» Joey proves himself a true and distinctive jazz professional.

The ensemble is Joey Alexander – piano, Larry Grenadier – bass, Ulysses Owens Jr.- drums with Russell Hall – bass, Sammy Miller – drums, and Alphonso Horne – trumpet.

Not only does Joey show involvement in his performances here. But he also shows surprising technical skills in phrasing, dynamics, pedal use, as well as finger dexterity not usually found in artists this young. It seems he is more than just a passing fascination about gifted youth – the style and commitment are there. Listen up and be amazed. The level of sophistication on this recording is truly remarkable! Grady Harp, May 15

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