Jazzweekly reviews Thomas Heflin, Morning Star

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RADIO DAYS…Thomas Heflin: Morning Star

Trumpeter Thomas Heflin comes up with the clever idea of making an album sound like an hour’s worth of a radio broadcast, complete with static with the switching of stations and a deejay/announcer to keep it all together. It reminds one of the day when radios were the only way to discover new music, and you had to take it all in with ears and imagination.

Brandon Robertson does the impressive job as the radio man, leading into Mavis Poole’s sermonette on ”Radio Intro” and bookending the album with an “Outro”. Poole gives a soulful message with saxist Gregory Tardy on “Self Esteem” and goes dramatic on the hip hopping “Morning Star (reprise)” with the original version a soulful affair with Heflin and Tardy digging deep into Peter Stoltzman’s keyboards. “ The team gets funky on “ Station Break” and bops to a mellow tone on “The Moon Singer” with Heflin in lovely form for “Evensong”. Heflin delivers a radio show worth keeping on your dial.


Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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