- This 5th album by saxophonist Steve Heckman follows on the heels of his highly-acclaimed 3rd and 4th albums, Born to be Blue and Search for Peace (his first 2 CDs on the Jazzed Media label), which featured guitarist Howard Alden, Hammond B-3 organist Matt Clark, bassist Marcus Shelby, and drummer Akira Tana. Each of these CDs remained on the Jazz Week Charts for 12 weeks, with Born to be Blue hitting #19, and Search for Peace hitting #10. Search for Peace also hit the #3 spot on the Roots Music Charts
- Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute is a salute to the music of John Coltrane, and features a number of his most compelling and soulful compositions from both his early and middle periods. The selections range from several earlier compositions utilizing his challenging "Giants Steps" chord changes (Fifth House, and 26-2) to the rousing, up-tempo modal pieces, "Resolution" "Impressions" and "The Promise", to the spiritual reflections of "Dear Lord", "Wise One" and "Rev. King." The title tune, written by Steve, entitled: "The Legacy" is an expression of the leader's gratitude for the profound influence which John Coltrane has had upon him both musically as well as spiritually. Also included is the beautiful ballad, "It's Easy to Remember", played by Coltrane on his famous Ballads album.
- Steve's saxophone playing has been praised by saxophonists as diverse as Stan Getz, Charles Lloyd, and Pharoah Sanders. Steve has played with numerous greats, including Chet Baker, Howard McGhee, Eddie Henderson, Tom Harrell, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Higgins, Donald Bailey, Eddie Moore, Roswell Rudd, Si Zentner, Urbie Green, Andrew Hill, Benny Green, Jessica Williams, Jim McNeely, Pete Escovedo, Jackie Ryan, Judy Wexler, Julie Kelly, and Kellye Gray. His quartet includes some of the best musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area scene, including the virtuoso pianist, Grant Levin; bassist Eric Markowitz, previously a mainstay in the St. Louis jazz scene; and the multi-talented Smith Dobson V on drums, son of the late great pianist Smith Dobson IV.
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