Steve Heckman: Legacy: A Coltrane TributeBy
The choice of material is fairly plain-spoken as well, embracing compositions from Coltrane's primal phase ("26-2," "Fifth House"), three fast-moving modal works ("Resolution," "Impressions," "The Promise") and a trio of more "spiritual" themes ("Dear Lord," "Wise One," "Reverend King"). They are amplified by the standard "It's Easy to Remember" and Heckman's delightful salute to Coltrane, "The Legacy." Everything was recorded live at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA, on October 18, 2013, with Heckman supported by an exemplary rhythm section: pianist Grant Levin, bassist Eric Markowitz and drummer Smith Dobson V, each of whom also possesses a strong and persuasive solo voice.
In his notes, Heckman writes that some arbiters say he has claimed to be the "next" Coltrane, while others have criticized him for failing to live up to that profession. For his part, Heckman says he has never intended to replace Trane, only to honor him and his legacy. Be that as it may, when it comes to tone and technique, Heckman isn't far removed from his illustrious role model, and there is quite a bit of (early) Coltrane in his vocabulary and phrasing. This is especially apparent on the faster numbers, wherein Heckman leans toward Trane's formative years with the Miles Davis quintet and his own small groups. What is equally clear is that Heckman and his colleagues are there to honor Coltrane, not to supplant him or in any way besmirch his peerless reputation. It's a warm and generous tribute that stands firmly on its own, thanks to Heckman and his dexterous teammates.
26-2; Impressions; It’s Easy to Remember; The Legacy; Dear Lord; The Promise; Reverend King; Fifth House; Wise One; Resolution.
Steve Heckman: tenor, soprano saxophone; Grant Levin: piano; Eric Markowitz: bass; Smith Dobson V: drums.
Title: Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Jazzed Media
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