One For All

One for All (band)

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One for All is a New York City-based hard bop sextet, featuring Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone), Jim Rotondi (trumpet), Steve Davis (trombone), David Hazeltine (piano), John Webber (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums). The style of the group has been likened to 1960s-era Blue Note jazz and has been described as being reminiscent of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.[1] Critic David Adler of JazzTimes has dubbed One for All "New Yorks premier hard-bop supergroup,"[2] while Matt Collar at allmusic called the band "one of the foremost mainstream jazz ensembles to come out of the '90s."[3]


The group was officially formed in 1997 for an engagement at Smalls Jazz Club, and recorded its first album Too Soon Too Tell later that year for the Sharp Nine label. Alexander, Rotondi and Farnsworth had all been acquainted in New York City as far back as 1988, and later Farnsworth introduced Davis to the other musicians. Hazeltine and Peter Washington began performing with the former four players in 1996 at the jazz club Augie's, which would later be re-opened as Smoke,[4] a venue at which the group would eventually record a live album. Washington would later be replaced by John Webber, and the band has since signed to the Criss Cross label. The name One for All is borrowed from the Jazz Messengers' last album.[5]



  • Too Soon to Tell (1997)
  • Optimism (1998)
  • Upward & Onward (1999)
  • The Long Haul (2000)
  • Live at Smoke: Vol. 1 (2001)
  • End of a Love Affair (2001)
  • Wide Horizons (2003)
  • No Problem (2004)
  • Blueslike (2004)
  • The Lineup (2006)
  • Killer Joe (2006)
  • What's Going On? (2007)
  • Return of the Lineup (2009)
  • Incorrigible (2010)
  • Invades Vancouver! (2011)


  1. <cite style="font-style:normal" id="CITEREFChinenError: invalid time">Chinen, Nate (JanuaryFebruary 2003), "One For All: Live at Smoke, Volume 1", JazzTimes
  2. Adler, David R. (October 2006), "One For All: The Lineup", JazzTimes
  3. Collar, Matt (2010). AllMusic. One for All. Rovi Corporation.
  4. <cite style="font-style:normal" id="CITEREFBergerError: invalid time">Berger, Ed (JulyAugust 2005), "David Hazeltine: Champagne Tastes", JazzTimes
  5. NPR Music. Eric Alexander artist page (September 10, 2009). Retrieved on December 18, 2010.

External links

  • One for All at AllMusic
  • One for All on Sharp Nine Records
  • One for All on Criss Cross Jazz
  • JazzTimes review of Incorrigible
  • JazzTimes review of Too Soon to Tell
  • JazzTimes review of Optimism
  • JazzTimes review of Live at Smoke, Volume 1
  • JazzTimes review of The Lineup
  • JazzTimes review of Upward and Onward
  • DownBeat review of Return of the Lineup
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