||Emergence CDs (2000) |
Tim Hegarty albums Emergence begins with a bang but then goes gradually downhill. Plaxico alternates between acoustic and electric bass, and mightily tries to reconcile the jazz and funk elements of his vision. Although most tracks feature driving rhythms, incredibly intricate horn writing, and compelling solos, the album grows numbingly repetitive as it proceeds.
On the jazz side, "Transformation" begins the record with riveting post-bop fire, while "Libertarian" and "Red Light District" provide new perspectives on the standards "Dear Old Stockholm" and "Love for Sale," respectively. On the funk side, "Delusion" and "Emancipation" stand out, recalling the dissonant colors heard on Sam Rivers' acclaimed 1999 album Inspiration. But Plaxico seems to run low on ideas by the time he gets to "Equilibrium," "Inner Voice," and Chick Corea's "Matrix." Six brief interludes featuring bass and/or percussion are interspersed throughout the program, yielding mixed results -- the most effective being "Paramita (to arrive at ...
||First Thing First CD (1998) |
Tim Hegarty CD discography Leading two separate acoustic groups, drummer Joel Chassan has a competent, if conventional, hard bop/post-bop release in First Things First. Chassan isn't a forceful drummer a la Art Blakey or Art Taylor; his touch is lighter, and he sometimes brings to mind Shelly Manne. The New Jersey resident's featured soloists include guitarists Randy Johnston and Eddie MacEachen, pianist Joel Weiskopf and saxmen Tim Hegarty and Mack Goldsbury; he is subtle yet confident on fast pieces like "Lover Come ...