JOEY ALEXAN­DER

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Count­down ★★★★ Motéma

Joey Alexan­der comes with some pretty heavy­weight en­dorse­ments – Wyn­ton Marsalis and Her­bie Han­cock are among his ar­dent ad­mir­ers. In that con­text, the age of this Bali-born pi­anist, here re­leas­ing his sec­ond record­ing as leader, should be nei­ther here nor there. And yet it’s im­pos­si­ble not to no­tice that the leader of this crisp, hard-swing­ing pi­ano trio date (with a bravura guest ap­pear­ance on one track from sax­o­phon­ist Chris Pot­ter) is all of 13 years old. Tunes by Monk, Coltrane and Stray­horn, as well as Char­lie Chap­lin’s Smile and a cou­ple of en­gag­ing orig­i­nals, are turned this way and that in a bright, mus­cu­lar style that re­calls Han­cock, Corea and Petru­ciani, who had to wait un­til they were out of short pants to sound like this. joeyalexan­der­mu­sic.com

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