by Anne Carlini
| Title – ‘I’d Prefer’
Artist – Alexander McCabe
For those not in the know, Alexander McCabe is a saxophonist and composer. Originally from Boston, he has been performing in and around New York City since the 1980s.
Alexander was a featured soloist with the Ray Charles Orchestra and was an original member, and toured with, the Chico O’Farril Afro-Cuban big band.
Alexander has played with/among others: George Coleman, Danny Aiello, Harold Mabern, Clifford Jordan, George Coleman Jr., Maurio Bauza, the Pointer Sisters and Nancie Banks.
He’s toured the UK and Europe, performing at the Edinburg and Cork festivals, the Pori Jazz Festival, the North Sea festival, The Vienne Music Festival and others.
As a member and songwriter for the popular ska band Mephiskapheles, he performed and toured the US and Europe. He has recorded extensively with a variety of artists. He has released three CDs as a leader.
His just-released brand new album is entitled I’d Prefer and is an eight-track recording that also features George Coleman (jazz saxophonist known for his work with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock in the 1960s) and Anne McCabe.
1. ‘You Really Don’t Care’ (feat. George Coleman)
With seven originals by Alexander and a new version of Janet Jackson’s ‘Together Again’ awaiting us, he opens with the chirpy ‘You Really Don’t Care’ and the gentle festive swing of ‘A Christmas Song’ (both featuring George Coleman), and then we get the gently loose title track ‘I’d Prefer,’ which is backed his oh-so lush rendition of the aforementioned Janet Jackson track ‘Together Again.’
The finger-snappin’ elegance of of ‘Miss Maritza’ is up next and that’s followed by the lofi, late night/early morning, smoky underground jazz club, piano aura of ‘Your Laugh’ (featuring Coleman), then comes their beautiful ode to ‘New York City,’ with the album closing on the seven minute jam fest, ‘Out Front Blues,’ once again, featuring Coleman.