One of the most remarkable aspects about Alexander’s style is his ability to fluidly take a song in many directions. For instance, an individual arrangement might move from a gentle shuffle to an expansive toe-tapping pace. His rendition of "The Candy Man" on Thursday, April 15, 2004, was a luxuriously full of twists and turns with a dynamic solo by Mark Taylor on drums. While Alexander was clearly the bandleader, the trio played effortlessly as a cohesive unit. Together, they seamlessly utilized space and movement in Bob Marley’s "Running Away" with a masterful solo by bassist Hassan Shakur.
Halfway through the set, special guest Les McCann took to the stage and kicked up the pace to a party vibe with "Little Blue Volkswagon." The packed crowd joined in for several delightfully boisterous sing-a-longs that included McCann’s signature song "Compared to What." Alexander and McCann would continue with the high-energy performance throughout the remainder of the evening.
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