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I was listening to different versions of Europa on YouTube yesterday, finding the usual passionate upper register renditions, when I came upon a track by organist Charles Earland, surprisingly featuring a lush tenor sax in the low register. Further investigation showed it was Eric Alexander! There's a blistering break around 4:00 and it changes to a swing groove, and some of Eric's trademark ideas start appearing. One of the comments says it's his first recording, not sure if that's true or not, but I enjoy the heck out of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBVyp6M2GIE
 

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I believe that is indeed his first recording as a sideman. First recording as a leader was Straight Up, recorded just a year later. Killin', even before he was really on anyone's radar.
 

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Man! Great sax and the whole piece is just great!! A take on Europa far different than any I have heard, and really kicks it.
 

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That was really great. Thanks for sharing.
 
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