I had the chance to work with Roland in the Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble. We both played tenor in the band and I got to sit next to one of the giants of the music. His approach to playing was very personal, and his solos seemed to develop from a very deep and mysterious source. His playing had a beauty that I cannot begin to describe here. I was in awe of the man. Very down to earth, generous and gentle. I will miss Roland Alexander.