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If you dig cool bop dipped in the stew of soul jazz with a New York attitude, than I’m sure this gem by saxophonist Jeff Hackworth would be an added plus to your music collection. –Rob Young

Jeff Hackworth - NIGHT OWL

Jeff Hackworth -][- NIGHT OWL -(MP3)- [Big Bridge Music, 2011]

New York City saxophonist Jeff Hackworth keeps alive the soulful tenor tradition of such historic greats as Gene Ammons, David “Fathead” Newman, Stanley Turrentine and the still active Houston Person. But rather than just duplicate the past, Hackworth invigorates the music with his own personal sound and modern ideas.

While his last two CDs (How Little We Know and Where The Blue Begins) featured his tenor with a piano trio, here he explores the jazz organ tradition but with a twist. “It’s been awhile since I recorded with organ,” says the saxophonist. “Having vibes instead of guitar in the frontline gives the format a different take. I know Radam and Earl from the local scene. We play gigs together at a club in Newark called Skippers. Radam suggested Jay Hoggard on vibes. He turned out to be a great addition to the session.”

The program begins with Johnny Lytle’s “The Man,” a tune with a simple and direct melody that definitely has an attitude. The one-chord vamp features a passionate tenor solo and fine spots for organ and vibes, showing how much the group can create on a fairly simple but powerful piece.

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