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Heads of State: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Un'ennesima proposta accattivante ci viene dalla label indipendente Smoke Records, grazie a questo splendido gruppo di “all stars." L'interplay è perfetto, forte di una più che quarantennale collaborazione che a vario titolo accomuna i quattro musicisti. Tutti ultrassantenni, Gary Bartz e compagni affrontano questa cavalcata tra gli standard con disinvolta naturalezza, che consente di infondere nell'ascoltatore ...

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Heads of State: Search For Peace

Read "Search For Peace" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Much like another group of distinguished jazz veterans, namely The Cookers, the premise here was a simple one. Get together a crew of like-minded musicians with a track record of shared experiences and see where the music takes things. The genesis for Heads of State was a three-day homage to McCoy Tyner last fall at Smoke ...

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Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Steve Heckman's Search For Peace serves as something of a companion piece to his previous album--Born To Be Blue (Jazzed Media, 2013). Both albums feature the same band, present (mostly) familiar material, and walk pleasingly straightforward paths. So what's different? Well, for starters, Matt Clark played piano on Heckman's last date, but he's taken to ...

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Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Steve Heckman is a meat 'n potatoes saxophonist whose previous recording, Born to be Blue (Jazzed Media, 2013) was a trip through the heart of the jazz mainstream, circa 1960 (with better sonics). Heckman follows Born to be Blue with a right turn into hard bop atop of an organ-guitar quartet.

For the ...

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Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Steve Heckman says he was inspired to play the tenor saxophone after hearing John Coltrane, especially Coltrane's A Love Supreme. Luckily, Heckman did not follow his mentor completely off the deep end but remained instead true to his bop-bred roots while developing a singular voice of his own on the tenor. On Search for Peace (a ...

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Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Steve Heckman has been dishing up rock solid mainstream jazz in the quartet and quintet settings since 2003's For John (World City Music), a tribute disc to the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. That debut and his two subsequent offerings, Live at Yoshi's (World City Music, 2005) and Born to Be Blue (Jazzed Media, 2013), held ...