92

Steve Heckman Quartet: Live at Yoshi's

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Saxophonist Steve Heckman's debut recording, With John in Mind (World City Music, '03), referenced the classic John Coltrane sound. Live at Yoshi's blows back into the same territory in a reverent exploration of Trane Land, the Atlantic and Impulse! geographies.

As a teenager, Heckman listened to A Love Supreme for two years from start to finish, every day, absorbing the then-groundbreaking, now classic spirit of the sound. His devotion is obvious fom the very first notes of the opening number, the time-tested Mal Waldron jewel, "Soul Eyes," a familiar Coltrane vehicle. Next is the Coltrane-penned "Equinox," followed by "You're a Weaver of Dreams," another piece covered by Heckman's major influence. The rest of the tunes, save one, are Heckman originals, steeped in the Coltrane tradition, with "Theosphere"—a Thelonious Monk tribute, that features Heckman soprano—sounding playful and lighthearted.

Live at Yoshi's showcases Steve Heckman's amazing Coltrane chops in a very reverent tribute. His band has, of course, a different personality from Coltrane's classic unit. Pianist Matt Clark displays a lighter touch than McCoy Tyner's, and Karen Horner's bass plays a more prominent role than Jimmy Garrison's. But the quartet uses a high-energy fluidity to create a mood similar to the classic sixties music to which it pays a vibrant and loving tribute.

Visit Steve Heckman on the web.


Track Listing: Soul Eyes; Equinox; You're a Weaver of Dreams; Ode to the Sunsinger; This is the Moment; Theosphere; Blame it on My Youth; Deomde.

Personnel: Steve Heckman: tenor and soprano saxophones; Matt Clark: piano; Karen Horner: bass; Jemal Ramirez: drums.

Title: Live at Yoshi's | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: World City Music


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Déjà Vu CD/LP/Track Review Déjà Vu
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts CD/LP/Track Review Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Two in a Box CD/LP/Track Review Two in a Box
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Discussions CD/LP/Track Review Discussions
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio CD/LP/Track Review Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 19, 2017
Read "Ljubljana" CD/LP/Track Review Ljubljana
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 2, 2017
Read "Holiday On Fire" CD/LP/Track Review Holiday On Fire
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Silent Light" CD/LP/Track Review Silent Light
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "America's National Parks" CD/LP/Track Review America's National Parks
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 10, 2016
Read "No Secrets No Lies" CD/LP/Track Review No Secrets No Lies
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 22, 2017
Read "Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 2" CD/LP/Track Review Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 2
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 12, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.