Joey Alexander – My Favorite Things

Unlike most young jazz prodigies who have impressive acrobatic technicality, 11-year-old, Bali-born Joey Alexander is gifted with not only natural talent, but also sophisticated musical knowledge. With his debut, My Favorite Things, Joey shows that he is serious about his craft. His solo rendition of Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight” is refined and thoughtful. He played the tune with clarity and delicacy beyond his age. Together with the drummer Sammy Miller and the bassist Russell Hall, Joey swings like it don’t mean a thing on “It Might As Well Be Spring.” His ostinato is sensational when he comps for Miller to do his solo. He also displays his harmonic complexities on John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and “My Favorite Things.” This is just the beginning of a young kid with a remarkable talent.