Joey Alexander // My Favorite Things
This 11-year-old pianst is making headlines and creating albums, all while being covered by Today and New York Times.
My Favorite Things
Move over Wolfgang, Pablo, and the rest of you famous prodigies and make room for the newest guy in the club, 11-year-old Indonesian jazz pianist Joey Alexander. Already on the Today show and the subject of a feature story on the New York Times front page, Joey's an early sensation. He's at No. 3 on the jazzweek.com chart behind veteran piano stars Harold Mabern and Cyrus Chestnut. Plaudits well deserved, as proven by Alexander's often exceptional playing, mostly solo, but with a copasetic trio on several numbers. Unlike most very young jazz pianists, Alexander does not come off as a technique show off, racing up and down the keyboard. Instead, on a well-chosen program of jazz classics and standards, he is thoughtful, sensitive, and inventive. He displays a delicate touch, dexterity, dynamic contrast, and overall adult skill and maturity on "Over the Rainbow," "On Green Dolphin Street," "Lush Life," "Giant Steps," the title tune, and more. It's a wonderful listen. – Bob Protzman