Personnel: Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Jim Rotondi (trumpet, flugelhorn); Steve Davis (trombone); David Hazeltine (piano); John Webber (upright bass); Joe Farnsworth (drums).
Audio Mixer: Michael Marciano.
Liner Note Author: Marc Edelman.
Recording information: Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY (11/20/2008).
Photographer: John Abbott .
Arrangers: Eric Alexander ; Jim Rotondi .
One for All is a band of New York-based veterans who've played with one another in various combinations, as well as making a number of CDs together under this name with little change in personnel, and of whom all but one are founding members. Featuring tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trombonist Steve Davis, and trumpeter Jim Rotondi in the front line, plus a rhythm section with pianist David Hazeltine, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. While each of them (save Webber) works and records often as an individual bandleader, there is an incredible blend of inspired solos, fresh compositions, and arrangements, along with a spirit of cooperation where no egos get in the way of great music. Hazeltine's peppy "Treatise for Reedus" is an uptempo salute to the talented drummer, who died suddenly at the premature age of only 49 a few days prior to this recording session. Alexander's Latin-flavored "Road to Marostica" features tight ensemble work and invigorating solos, while he was also responsible for the updated treatment of George Gershwin's "But Not for Me." This is a rewarding date by a sextet that is always ready to give their all. ~ Ken Dryden