Jeff Hackworth | The Heart of the Matter

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The Heart of the Matter

by Jeff Hackworth

Soulful and swinging jazz featuring tenor sax, guitar, organ and drums.
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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1. Big Bad Boogaloo
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2. Fool That I Am
5:44 $0.99
3. That Old Black Magic
5:53 $0.99
4. 3rd Avenue Blues
6:34 $0.99
5. September Song
8:13 $0.99
6. Sweet Tea
6:00 $0.99
7. The Heart of the Matter
7:09 $0.99
8. Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool
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9. Tres Palabras
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Album Notes
“The Heart of the Matter” is New York City based saxophonist Jeff Hackworth’s new recording. It follows his critically acclaimed release “Soul To Go!” which made Downbeat magazine’s Best CDs of 2014 list, as well as's top 100 releases of last year. The new album features Jeff’s warm soulful saxophone along with a rhythm section of top NYC musicians in a program of 4 originals and 5 standards.

Jeff’s “Big Bad Boogaloo” gets things started with plenty of heat from his tenor and sparks flying from stalwarts Vince Ector on drums, Kyle Koehler on organ and the inimitable Ed Cherry on guitar. “The guys really hit the pocket. We all had fun on this one,” Jeff says.

“Fool That I Am”, a sultry blues ballad made popular by Etta James, showcases Jeff’s soulful approach. Next up is a swinging version of “That Old Black Magic,” followed by Jeff’s angular waltz, “3rd Avenue Blues.” The contemplative nature of “September Song” is a perfect vehicle for his intimate style. “I like to tell a story when I improvise and this song really sets the stage for that,” he says.

The other two originals are his bluesy homage to Stanley Turrentine, “Sweet Tea” and the title track, “The Heart of the Matter” which Jeff wrote a few days before the session. He explains “The title sums up what I wanted this album to be," he says. "A distillation of my roots as a musician, all the music I’ve played before, the blues, ballads and jazz mixed together.”



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