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Live At The Duc Des Lombards

Alex Terrier Quintet

Alex Terrier: saxophones Pierre De Bethmann: piano Manu Codjia: guitar Mauro Gargano: bass Louis Moutin: drums

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About Alex Terrier

French Parisian-born saxophonist Alex Terrier fell in love with music at an early age. First studying classical piano he got hooked on Jazz after listening to Duke Ellington big band. Picking up the saxophone, his major influences were the Jazz greats - specifically Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane.

Terrier graduated from the National School of Music (Evry, France) and Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) where he thoroughly studied Western European music and Jazz.

By age 30 he had recorded 2 albums as a leader, "Stop Requested" and "Roundtrip", and 10 albums as a sideman. He is an active, touring musician leading his own projects in both North America and Europe and he is also an in-demand sideman. In the Jazz scene Alex Terrier has been heard on recordings and/or performed alongside greats such as the Mingus Big Band, Lionel Loueke, George Garzone, Esperanza Spalding.

In contrast, in the pop/world scene he has performed with Israeli singer Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure. Having a love affair with the latin music Alex Terrier plays with Roberto Fonseca, Javier Zalba, Lukmil Perez, Felipe Cabrera and is a member of Martin Vejarano's band Chia

Alex Terrier is also a worldwide appreciated teacher. He is available for private lessons at his studio in Brooklyn, New York, or by Skype. Check out his educational website


Alex Terrier is an official artist and clinician for Lebayle Mouthpieces, Rico Reeds, BG France and Keilwerth Saxophones.

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"Impressive" Dave Liebman

"A very gifted saxophonist" Joe Lovano

"Alex Terrier’s sound on saxophone – be it soprano, alto or tenor – is one to sear and move the soul" Matt Marshall, Jazz Inside NY, March 2010

"A lengthy original album of 11 energetic tunes that demonstrate a surprising sophistication. Terrier thrives in richly varied musical contexts, his compositions play with time and shifting tempos reminiscent of his influences, saxophonists Wayne Shorter, Bobby Watson and Ornette Coleman"

"Terrier, who plays soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, plays with great maturity and drive"
Richard Kamins, All About Jazz New York

"It's a very sophisticated, swinging kind of jazz and every song (all written by Terrier) has it's own personality, from the urbane, fluent beauty of "Tompkins Square" to the Ornette Coleman stream of consciousness of "The Dark Side Of Democracy." On top of that, Terrier's soprano sax is very distinctive, in a good---read, lyrical---kind of way. Roundtrip is solid from beginning to end"
Jazz Life (Japan)

"An album with so much on the ball it has to make you jealous even if you don’t play sax, this set of all originals is an accomplished work that delivers the goods so mightily you forget that he has a long road ahead of him yet. Certainly a young lion to add to your play list, he plays nu mainstream with a surety that comes with having nothing to prove and just letting the blowing flow. Hot stuff and a great new find"
Chris Spector, Midwest Record


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