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The New York All-Stars featuring Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern: Burnin’ in London (UBU0012)

The New York All-Stars play energetic and swinging music on the highest level, presented with the utmost professionalism and uninhibited enthusiasm, which has given them the title of “Jazz at its Best”.

New York tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander is one of the most important soloists of the current modern straight-ahead jazz world. His accolades are many and he has appeared on over 75 albums--as leader, collaborator and sideman--with big names like Steve Davis, Jim Rotondi, Vincent Herring, Pat Martino, Jimmy Cobb, Cedar Walton and McCoy Tyner.

In the quartet, New York All-Stars, Alexander performs with a true jazz legend, the American piano player Harold Mabern.

The 82-year-old pianist Mabern has been a part of the top New York jazz scene since the 1950s. He’s partnered with many of the greats, including Lionel Hampton, Wes Montgomery, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins and Freddie Hubbard, to name just a few. Special guests on his last album included Gregory Porter, Norah Jones and Kurt Elling.

Darryl Hall, an American living in France, is one of the most accomplished bass players on the international scene, working with Cedar Walton, Kirk Lightsey, Dianne Reeves, Joe Locke, Willie Jones and Wayne Escoffery among many others. His virtuosity, warm sound and impeccable rhythm make him one of most sought-after jazz bassists.

Since 2012, Alexander and Mabern have worked in various projects with Austrian drummer Bernd Reiter, who studied in Graz and New York and lives now in Paris, always delivering a rock-solid beat. He has worked with many international jazz stars such as Kirk Lightsey, Don Menza, Steve Grossman, Charles Davis, Claudio Roditi and many more.

Ubuntu Music is extremely proud to have released the first live recording of The New York All-Stars, Burnin’ in London on September 7th. Recorded at the legendary Pizza Express Jazz Club on Dean Street in London, the release was supported by an extensive European Tour which included a range of shows in the UK.

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