Released January 21 via Miles High Records, Tribute showcases Hegarty's band in a set mixing originals with choice standards in a program of hard-driving, straight-ahead music that juxtaposes intense, spontaneous conversation with pensive introspection.
The CD has climbed to #9 on the jazz radio charts and is earning great reviews:
"Hegarty is a fine player who delivers solo statements that are clear, precise, concise and always to the point of the music. You'll hear a lot of technical fluidity here and not an ounce of aimless searching for powerful musical ideas that will never come... He calls it the easiest flowing date he's ever done. With a band like this, of course it was." - The Buffalo News, Jeff Simon
"Hegarty is one of those players who come up on you from left field and leave you saying, 'Where have you been all my life?' This is class tenor (and soprano) playing in the best Dexter early Trane tradition..." - Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here.
With the first month of 2014 barely in the books, Tim Hegarty has dropped a truly old school recording with a blues infused riff on what improvisational music is all about, the blues of course. Sounds like? Tim Hegarty of course but artistic comparisons are inevitable so think Dexter Gordon meets Stanley Turrentine and you may be getting close. There is a hard lyrical edge to the swing of Hegarty complimented by two masters of harmony subtly in pianist Kenny Barron and Bassist Rufus Reid. Toss in vibraphone player Mark Sherman and drummer Carl Allen and You have as solid quintet as one could hope for.
|Dr. Luis Raul Montell, President of Jazz Global Beat and Jazz Caribe with Kenny Barron|
Jimmy Heath tunes such as "A New Blue" and "Ineffable" dominate the session while the Thelonius Monk tune "Panonica" (see "Monk in Paris '69" in this Blog-October 19, 2013) and Joe Henderson tune "Inner Edge" keep harmonic direction fresh and vibrant. The classic sound of los years '70. Being all that hard these days these five gentlemen achieved a great deal.
Hegarty put dynamics in his CD "Tribute" and this will be a great year for him and his friends ... let's hear it!!
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