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Tim Hegarty: Tribute

Tim Hegarty’s Tribute is framed as a paean to the artists whose teachings and example still inform the veteran saxophonist’s work, most notably Jimmy Heath, with whom Hegarty studied saxophone and composition and who wrote four of Tribute‘s 10 tracks. The result is a worthy testimonial both to the legacy of the musicians that inspired it and to Hegarty’s own considerable gifts as reedman and composer.

Hegarty’s lilting yet muscular tenor gives funky flavor to Frank Foster’s “Simone,” and he rips off a fast-paced, melodically inventive solo on Heath’s “New Picture.” Hegarty’s gravelly timbre puts a heart-rending crack in the throat of Thelonious Monk’s “Pannonica,” and Tribute‘s sole soprano feature, Hegarty’s own composition “Not to Worry,” is an ethereal zephyr of a piece, his sinuous lines snaking through a moody arabesque of enveloping harmonies.

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