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Tim Hegarty: Tribute (2014)

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Tim Hegarty's Tribute is an audible panegyric on the great saxophonist-composers. It's a well-crafted, straightforward date that highlights Hegarty's love for those who've come before and the work that they've done on paper and on record.

The list of saxophonists that Hegarty has studied includes George Coleman
George Coleman
George Coleman
b.1935
sax, tenor
, Jimmy Heath
Jimmy Heath
Jimmy Heath
b.1926
sax, tenor
, Frank Foster
Frank Foster
Frank Foster
1928 - 2011
saxophone
, Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
1937 - 2001
sax, tenor
, John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
, Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
, and Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
1949 - 2007
sax, tenor
; the first four on that list are represented on the composition side during this program and the rest come out in various ways as Hegarty winds his way through the music.

Sonically speaking, Hegarty's tenor comes off like a more lustrous Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
Joe Henderson
1937 - 2001
sax, tenor
with a dash of Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
thrown into the mix. His soprano is broader sounding and less shrill than most. He sounds phenomenal on both horns, riding atop the to-die-for rhythm section of pianist Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
b.1943
piano
, bassist Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid
b.1944
bass, acoustic
, and drummer Carl Allen
Carl Allen
Carl Allen
b.1961
drums
.

This quartet, augmented by vibraphonist Mark Sherman
Mark Sherman
Mark Sherman
b.1957
vibraphone
on five tracks, doesn't try to reinvent the wheel by deconstructing or wildly reconstructing anything. This is more of an old school outfit, content to simply take a song and run with it. They play out-and-out classics (Henderson's "Inner Urge" and Foster's "Simone") deliver a few lesser known Heath tunes along with his most famous composition ("Gingerbread Boy"), and tackle a pair of Hegarty originals with class and assuredness. Thought was clearly put into the way the songs would be arranged or structured, but nothing was thought-to-death. Many outings of a similar nature tend to be underwhelming or overcooked, but this one came out just right.

Track Listing: A New Blue; Amsterdam After Dark; Simone; Ineffable; New Picture; Not To Worry; Low Profile; Gingerbread Boy; Pannonica; Inner Urge.

Personnel: Tim Hegarty: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Mark Sherman: vibraphone (2-6); Kenny Barron: piano; Rufus Reid: bass; Carl Allen: drums.

Record Label: Miles High Records


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