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Jeff Hackworth: The Heart of the Matter

Read "The Heart of the Matter" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran tenor saxophonist Jeff Hackworth doesn't fool around much on his most recent musical project and gets right to The Heart of The Matter, unveiling his seventh album as leader and follow up to his previous critically-acclaimed Soul To Go! (Big Bridge Music, 2014). Employing a muscular approach to the saxophone, Hackworth's tenor voice is pronounced here leaving little doubt that one is in for a bit of tenor madness from one of the finest reed men around. Containing four ...

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Jeff Hackworth: Soul To Go!

Read "Soul To Go!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

His fifth album as leader and follow up to the critically acclaimed Night Owl (Big Bridge Music, 2011), Jeff Hackworth's Soul To Go! offers a brash new statement packed with bop, blues and soulful renditions of jazz classics. A New York-based saxophonist of note, and like many a great sax men--Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and Stan Getz among others--who have called the Big Apple their home at some point in their respective careers, has the benefit of drawing ...

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Jeff Hackworth: Night Owl

Read "Night Owl" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

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 ...

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Jeff Hackworth: Night Owl

Read "Night Owl" reviewed by Edward Blanco

New York saxophonist Jeff Hackworth--who performs in the style of jazz greats like Gene Ammons, David “Fathead" Newman and Stanley Turrentine--keeps the tradition alive on Night Owl. Leaving the standard piano trio behind, Hackworth recaptures the saxophone/organ blend made so popular by Lou Donaldson and takes it a step further by adding vibraphone to the mix. With organ master Radam Schwartz and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard replacing the standard piano/guitar combo, the quartet shuffles to a distinctly new groove.A ...

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Jeff Hackworth: Night Owl

Read "Night Owl" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Tenorist Jeff Hackworth taps late 1960s soul jazz on Night Owl. The instrumental mix, with Hammond B3, vibraphone and drums, draws a straight line to the traditions of masters like Lou Donaldson and Big John Patton. The use of organ, in particular, is a distinctive and tacit embrace of the instrument's ability to make anything sound like it's straight out of that era. Hackworth is a first-rate soloist., blowing a forceful, fast and exciting solo on “Sideswipe," a ...

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Jeff Hackworth: Where the Blue Begins

Read "Where the Blue Begins" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Tenor saxophonist Jeff Hackworth is back. This time he has chosen to dwell on 10 pop tunes. On his previous CD, How Little We Know (Big Bridge Music, 2007), he brought to the fore his fluent sense of style and development. He shows that once again on Where the Blue Begins, as he gives the songs their integral melodic due and then turns them into pleasant little experiences.

Hackworth has a firm grip on emotion and never lets a song ...

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Jeff Hackworth: How Little We Know

Read "How Little We Know" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Saxophonist Jeff Hackworth's third album is a shift in style. His first Just For You had a contemporary jazz setting. His second What A Wonderful World (Da Capo Records) was a sax, organ and drums trio. He now leads a quartet with Norman Simmons (piano), Peter Washington (bass) and Chip White (drums). Peter Hand (guitar) joins them on four tracks on an entertaining mainstream journey.

Houston Person was strongly involved in this record. He put together the band and collaborated ...


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