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"it’s not quite anything I can classify, and it is perhaps the most oddly enjoyable record I’ve heard in long time."
Earshot Jazz - March 2009
"..Waldron is an accomplished guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist, and he puts all of these talents (as well as many others) to good use throughout The Heart of the Matter.
Waldron’s piano work is best displayed during “Haveh”, which finds the musician playing a pretty melody with multiple note flourishes. Waldron also adds melodic bass lines to this piece, which sometimes brings to mind the jazz McCoy Tyner and Ron Carter created together. Except in this instance, Waldron is playing both Tyner and Carter’s roles, which is quite a feat indeed. Perhaps Waldron’s most many-hat-ed work can be found on one titled “Gliding”. With this one, the multi-instrumentalist plays sweet acoustic guitar, as well as percussion, glockenspiel, and trombone! Man, is there anything this man can’t do?
While Waldron clearly has the ability to put on a one man show, he is also assisted by a few other fine musicians in various spots during this 8-song release. Although this CD’s title track starts off with a gentle piano riff, much like the kind heard throughout “Haveh”, it soon evolves into a funky groove that features Anne Drummond on flute, Thomas Marriott on trumpet, and most prominently, Tim Miller at the congas. This is a great piece that hearkens back to the time when jazz fusion was still fresh and Miles Davis was leading this charge into the new. In fact, Marriott’s trumpet even sounds a little bit like Davis’ iconic work.
Although jazz is Waldron’s musical forte, one called “Highland March” offers a particularly pleasant, unexpected surprise. It moves to a modified military beat, as Drummond offers fighting flute and piccolo sounds. Waldron once again colors this track with glockenspiel, but also adds Hammond organ to its mix. Waldron composed all of these pieces, except for his swinging take on Kern/Hammerstein’s “All the Things You Are”.
Rick Waldron’s The Heart of the Matter is sure to please almost everyone in the fractured contemporary jazz world. He’s not afraid to use electronics – even synthesizer in a few places – yet his recordings never sound overly ‘manufactured’, as can happen with musicians who are just a little too enamored with modern technology. Making creative and well-played music has always been the heart of the matter with jazz, and with this fine new disc, Waldron expertly hits that sincere heart mark."
-- Dan MacIntosh, reviewyou.com
“Nothing like on a rainy day to have a nice cup of coffee and some latin-flavored contemporary jazz from local artist Rick Waldron on your CD.....sit back and enjoy and forget about the weather!'
Q13Fox News - Seattle
“The closest thing we have to Bill Evans that we have here in the Puget Sound”
If you enjoy Metheny, Corea, Hancock, et.al. you will love the one-of-a-kind contemporary jazz on ‘Heart of the Matter.’
“Waldron played voraciously, passionately....original compositions....often moving and striking..”
“Passionate music driven by creativity and diversity..”