Alexander McCabe: “I’d Prefer”
Alexander McCabe: “I’d Prefer” – Saxophone player and composer Alexander McCabe’s excellent new album contains mostly original material, but with a timeless vibe. It opens with “You Really Don’t Care,” an original composition that has the vibe of a classic song, in large part because of Anne McCabe’s wonderful vocal performance. “I’ll move on, I’ll live without you/Because I really don’t care.” The work on saxophone here has a sweet and easygoing feel, and this track also features a cheerful lead by on piano. That is followed by “A Christmas Song,” a pleasant and pretty song with lyrics by Grace Casale. “As chestnuts roast, just hold me close/I wish you a merry Christmas.” “I’d Prefer,” the disc’s title track, is a rather playful number about longtime friends who might be on the edge of dating. Or, rather, one is worried that the other wants things to go in that direction. “I’d prefer if you didn’t ask me,” Anne McCabe sings, and her performance has a friendly quality. Most of the tracks feature Anne McCabe’s voice, but there are also two instrumental tracks – the lively “Miss Maritza” and the groovy and loose “Out Front Blues,” the latter featuring a cool bass solo. The album’s sole cover is Janet Jackson’s “Together Again.” The musicians on this album include Alexander McCabe on alto saxophone, George Coleman on tenor saxophone, Anne McCabe on vocals, Paul Odeh on piano, Chris Haney on bass, and Jeff Brown on drums. This album was released on November 20, 2020.