Long time fan, since way back in the early 90s. I hear so many long time players in his playing. A dash of Dexter Gordon here, Turrentine there, a heavy dose of Michael Brecker here, and an occasional Coltrane-esque honky squeally. The melodic nature of Cannonball might be the most prevalent aspect of his playing. I recently picked up a Mike LeDonne CD, with Alexander and Peter Bernstein on guitar. Jazz just doesn't get better. Great rendition of Bernstein's "Bones", I just love it. Here's to Eric Alexander!