Playing avant-garde jazz is a search without knowing what it is you are looking for. When Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts entered the studio to record their self-titled debut album, the trio brought a few compositions and a deep knowledge of the classics. Chris Weller (tenor saxophone), Devin Drobka (drums) and Cole DeGenova on keyboard/rhodes thrive on improvisation, adamant to keep going no matter what. After opening track D Rover runs out of stream around the four minutes mark, they exchange a few bars of musical soul searching and come back with a vengeance. With that snag out of the way they go easy on themselves with the sole cover, Ellington's The Single Petal of a Rose.
The Berklee graduates roam free for the remainder of the album - Cole DeGenova ups the ante with a John Medeski-alike rave up in Doo-wop, Weller locks into a groove with Drobka in the Fifties meet fusion of Early Bird. Wrapping things up with the left-field mellowness of Lucid Dream and Confucius Says, this trio covers a lot of ground. Serious but very much alive and adventurous, things are bound to get even get more interesting when they hit the road later this month.
- D Rover
- The Single Petal of a Rose
- Early Bird
- Lucid Dream
- Confucius Says
- 10/16 Black Sparrow, Lafayette, IN
- 10/17 Merriman’s Playhouse, South Bend, IN
- 10/24 Constellation, Chicago, IL
- 10/25 Jazz Estate, Milwaukee, WI
- 11/14 Hungry Brain Transmission Series, Chicago, IL
Chris Weller's Hanging Hearts will be playing in Europe (Poland, Czech Republic and Austria) in early 2015. More details tba.