Alex Terrier: Tompkins Square


Tompkins Square


Alex Terrier (soprano sax)


Roundtrip (Barking Cat Records BCR1001)

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Alex Terrier (soprano sax),

Roy Assaf (piano), Francois Moutin (bass), Steve Davis (drums), Edouard Brenneisen (guitar)


Composed by Alex Terrier


Recorded: April 27 & 28, 2009


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Alex Terrier can play all the saxophones, but his soprano is one of the more poetic and naturally sounding expressions heard out of that horn in a long while. “Tompkins Square” makes a good demonstration for this unique talent of his. Against the backdrop of a pondering but lightly swinging melody, Terrier’s sax sings with the articulation and cadence of a mockingbird, using the instrument as an extension of purely human expression. Terrier’s soliloquy is interrupted for a while by Brenneisen’s spacious, intelligent and bop-minded guitar. Terrier returns with a series of smoothly connected phrases that are personal and original.

On “Tompkins Square,” one understands the notion that jazz is not about scales, notes and structures; it’s about making a joyful sound.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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