Monday, September 5, 2016

Alex LoRe Quartet - More Figs and Blue Things (October 10th, 2016) INNER CIRCLE MUSIC

Noted by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as a “crisp, young alto saxophonist”, Manhattan-based saxophonist and composer Alex LoRe is quickly making himself known throughout the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Tarpon Springs, Florida, LoRe has been mentored by a “who’s who” of saxophonists, including Lee Konitz, Bunky Green, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, James Moody, and Steve Wilson to name a few.  The aforementioned Green says LoRe “…will emerge to become one of the leading voices on the international jazz scene.” Saxophonist George Garzone describes his playing as “bold and unforgiving”, with “…a beautiful sound; he understands the concept of melody.” With a strong upbringing in classical music, LoRe’s playing and compositions are influenced by many genres, ranging from European classical music through today’s most influential artists on both the jazz and popular music scenes.

LoRe has been featured at venues such as New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), the Jazz at Ravinia Festival held at the Stean’s Institute for Young Artists in Chicago, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, the Jacksonville and Clearwater Jazz Festivals in Florida, and the Savannah Jazz Festival in Georgia, among others. In New York, he frequents prominent venues such as Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Iridium Jazz Club, and Smoke Jazz Club both as a leader of his own groups and as a sideman. He is a member of saxophonist Lucas Pino’s “No Net” Nonet, which currently holds a residency at Smalls Jazz Club and is releasing their debut album in late 2014. LoRe has had the opportunity to perform and work with artists George Garzone, David Liebman, Tony Malaby, Jim McNeely, Steve Wilson, and John Riley, among others. Internationally, he has performed throughout the Netherlands, Israel, and Canada.

1. Southbound 06:30
2. Next Time 05:23
3. Normal 05:53
4. Away 05:24
5. Cold Spring 08:35
6. Interlude 01:03
7. Figs For Birds 09:13
8. And Mending 06:43
9. No More Blue Skies 03:02
10.Wild Things 07:21

Alex LoRe: Alto Saxophone, Xaphoon [track 6]
Glenn Zaleski: Piano
Desmond White: Bass
Colin Stranahan: Drums