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Joey Alexander – Countdown (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Joey Alexander – Countdown (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:01:11 minutes | 603 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © Motéma – MustHaveJazz – Membran

The sensational child prodigy jazz pianist’s second studio album. Joey Alexander’s jaw-dropping ability and beyond-his-years artistry brought him to some of the grandest stages, from performing at the GRAMMYs and the White House, to appearing on the TODAY Show and 60 Minutes. Just over a year removed from his debut, the same maturity and dedication to his craft that made him a phenomenon is evident in his remarkable evolution on his sophomore release, COUNTDOWN. Now stepping forward as a composer, while still paying tribute to the jazz greats, Joey is poised to continue his ascent to becoming one of the biggest names in jazz.

A couple of weeks ago the jazz pianist Joey Alexander turned 13. Given the unusual arc of his young career, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he celebrated onstage with his trio, at the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. After the performance, he was presented with a cake in the shape of a grand piano, and thousands in the crowd sang “Happy Birthday,” basking in a moment that Joey himself seemed to take in stride. His debut album, “My Favorite Things,” earned him two Grammy nominations and an invitation to the awards, where he played a trio number (during a pre-telecast) and a solo piano piece. The tune that he performed solo — bringing Taylor Swift and the Weeknd to their feet — was “City Lights”, an original composition. It opens his second album, “Countdown”. Set over a mid-tempo vamp in Latin rhythm, “City Lights” is Joey’s attempt to capture the bustling energy of New York, where he has lived with his parents since moving from Indonesia two years ago. You can hear the influence of Chick Corea in the track, and possible echoes of an effervescent Latin-jazz pianist like Michel Camilo.

01 – City Lights
02 – Sunday Waltz
03 – Countdown
04 – Smile
05 – Maiden Voyage
06 – Criss Cross
07 – Chelsea Bridge
08 – For Wee Folks
09 – Soul Dreamer

Joey Alexander – piano
Larry Grenadier – bass
Ulysses Owens Jr. – drums
Chris Potter – sax on “5”


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