"A deeper listen to not only this record but of the body of work that exists for LoRe and his band (now three records worth of material), points towards a sound that is grounded in its own confidence; one that could truly be identified as “unique” in a time where anyone can make an album."AdamlarsonJazz, 18-9-2019
Noted by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times as a saxophonist who is “...making the connections among about 70 years’ worth of contemplative, articulate and light-toned players”, Manhattan-based saxophonist and composer Alex LoRe is one of the most in demand alto saxophonists on the current New York City jazz scene. Originally from Tarpon Springs, Florida, LoRe has been mentored by a “who’s who” of saxophonists, including Lee Konitz, Bunky Green, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, James Moody, and Steve Wilson to name a few. Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and educator Bunky Green says LoRe “...will emerge to become one of the leading voices on the international jazz scene.” Saxophonist George Garzone describes his playing as “bold and unforgiving”, with “...a beautiful sound; he understands the concept of melody.” With a strong upbringing in classical music, LoRe’s playing and compositions are in`luenced by many genres, ranging from European classical music through today’s most in`luential artists on both the jazz and popular music scenes.
LoRe has been featured at venues such as New York City’s Alice Tully Hall and Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), the Jazz at Ravinia Festival held at the Stean’s Institute for Young Artists in Chicago, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, the Jacksonville and Clearwater Jazz Festivals in Florida, among others. In New York, he frequents prominent venues such as Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Jazz Gallery, and Jazz Standard both as a leader of his own groups and as a sideman. He is a member of saxophonist Lucas Pino’s “No Net Nonet”, which has held a monthly residency at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC for over 5 years. He is also the co-founder of “This, Now,” an 11-piece chamber ensemble that strives to further integrate the fabrics of through-composed music with the improvisatory nature of jazz.
Mr. LoRe has released two albums—“Dream House” (2014), and “More Figs and Blue Things” (2016)—on acclaimed saxophonist Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music. Both albums have been praised by The New York Times, Downbeat, and Jazz Wise Magazine (UK). He and his quartet are preparing to record their third album this coming fall of 2018.
LoRe holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston’s New England Conservatory and a master’s degree from New York’s Manhattan School of Music. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
A deeper listen to not only this record but of the body of work that exists for LoRe and his band (now three records worth of material), points towards a sound that is grounded in its own confidence; one that could truly be identified as “unique” in a time where anyone can make an album.
Very intriguing music that is cleverly put together and knows how to captivate excessively, and that goes for the entire album, a successful synthesis between classical music and jazz, where the emphasis is on the improvisation of jazz. A disc to really enjoy, even without knowledge of all the names mentioned, the name Alex Lore is now engraved in my memory.
Smart jazz without the egghead edge, LoRe is an ace when it comes to making cogent, cohesive sitting down jazz that never fails to grab the ear and hold it tight.
Midwest record, 03-9-2019
Demonstrating that rare blend of scholastic sights and elastic thinking, Alex LoRe delivers another awe-inspiring offering. With Karol, he continues to carve out a unique space in the pantheon of present-day saxophonists and composers.
All About Jazz, 21-8-2019