Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » Jeff Hackworth: Night Owl

292

Jeff Hackworth: Night Owl

By

Sign in to view read count
Jeff Hackworth: Night Owl
If there is one trait that time has etched on Jeff Hackworth's career it is his development as a tenor saxophonist. Hackworth has shown a growing maturity on his recordings, with Night Owl being his strongest. He is not afraid to take chances and develops themes with an abiding sense of adventure. His tone can be smooth and coaxing, but it is can also be abrasive as it underscores a tensile groove. Put together they make for music that is admirable for its sense of vision and accomplishment.

Hackworth's choice of tunes serves him well with the standards sitting comfortably with his own work as well as a song from The Doors. "Love Me Two Times" settles into the comfort of the blues, as Hackworth blows notes that billow and wrap the melody. His extrapolation into swing enhances the feel, one that is captured by vibraphonist Jay Hoggard who is bright, breezy and downright scintillating. Add the undercurrent of blues from organist Radam Schwartz and the polyrhythmic propulsion of Earl Grice Jr. , and the tune becomes absolutely exhilarating.

The mood is earthy on the balladic title track, resonating with soulful playing. Each player keeps his vision clear and focused, with Hackworth displaying admirable control as he wraps his sax over the song's contours. Hoggard lends a quiet, harmonically compact dynamism.

The band is right at home on the rambunctious, Memphis-hewn "Sideswipe," standing in contrast to the silken "We Kiss In A Shadow." In tandem, they profile the versatility of a band that goes out high on "You'd Better Love Me." Hackworth swings hard, pitching, intense lines as he builds a steamy edifice, finding his counterpart in Schwartz. Hoggard is the minstrel between them, his light touch tempering the torrid atmosphere. The band is the messenger, and a wonderful one at that, as it serves up a diverse and consistently pleasing album.

Track Listing

The Man; Innuendo; Love Me Two Times; Little Blue; Night Owl; Sideswipe; I'm Your Puppet; That Lucky Old Sun; We Kiss In A Shadow; You'd Better Love Me.

Personnel

Jeff Hackworth
saxophone, tenor

Jeff Hackworth: tenor saxophone; Jay Hoggard: vibes; Radam Schwartz: organ; Earl Grice: drums.

Album information

Title: Night Owl | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Big Bridge Music


< Previous
Time Gone By

Comments

Tags


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

More

Silent, Listening
Fred Hersch
Riley
Riley Mulherkar
3 Works For Strings
Giusto Chamber Orchestra
My Multiverse
Pearring Sound

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.