Steve Hatfield | Just Be Wally

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Just Be Wally

by Steve Hatfield

A jazz approach to some "not-so-standard" cover tunes and originals. It's all about the musicians serving the SONG, instead of the other way around.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Just Be Wally
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2. Wacky Shack
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3. 6 Underground
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4:28 $0.99
4. Fisch Haus
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7:44 $0.99
5. Human Behavior
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6:26 $0.99
6. Mosely Street Motorcycle Gang
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4:37 $0.99
7. As You Were
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8. Steppin' Out
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9. Never New
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10. Just Be Wally Reprise
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Album Notes
If there is hope for jazz in this still-young century it rests in the hands and hearts of artists such as Steve Hatfield, a composer and player dedicated to clarity of expression, to the melody, harmony and rhythms of music as well as life. Hatfield’s music captures the full beauty of the human experience––the serenity of twilight and the burst of hopeful rays that come with morning light.

His emotional range is evident in original compositions such as “Just Be Wally,” “Wacky Shack” and “As You Were,” but it’s also evident in his choice of covers––the haunting pop masterpiece “6 Underground” (Sneaker Pimps) and Joe Jackson’s equally masterful “Steppin’ Out.” The interplay between Hatfield, bassist Mark Foley, guitarist Randy Zellers and keyboardist Steve Bartkoski is remarkable not just in the musical acumen displayed but in each musician’s dedication to the emotional expression behind each song. The music is heartfelt but not absent of humor (as evidenced on Bartkoski’s “Mosley Street Motorcycle Gang”) and always rewarding for the listener.

Joined by jazz legend Jerry Hahn on “Mosley Street” and the stunning “As You Were,” and lap steel player Bret Boyer (“Never New” and the title cut), Hatfield has crafted one of the most fascinating albums to emerge from Wichita, Kansas––or anywhere else––in recent memory.

Forget what you know or believe about genres, about clichés, about jazz, or rock, or in-strumentals, guys named Steve, or anything else and instead embrace the music contained on Just Be Wally. The music is all you need to know.

Jedd Beaudoin, Wichita, Kansas 11 October 2006, Wichita Kansas


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Bradley Dean Sommerfeld

One of my favorite songs with guitar that isn't a TOOL song.
The patience of this composition in the featured guitar performance therein, speaking of the song Never Knew, specifically, especially, to me, is one of the finer examples of patience and it's payoff being worth patience, ever, in the history of the known music recorded that I've heard in the entire existence of our world.

Mike Lanning

Recent Jazz Convert
Only in the last 10 years have I come to appreciate Jazz, and even more recently the real instrumental Jazz.

I purchased this CD after seeing Steve perform at his alma mater where my grandson is with the band. I had watched Steve perform there from the time he was in the 5th grade until he graduated back in the 80's and loved his talent even then.

Now, I have the opporunity to listen to his group perform absolutely wonderful Jazz and I am truly hooked.

Along with Steve's fantastic drum work, all the musicians are wonderful and they blend so well together. I've had the CD for a couple weeks and have nearly worn it out.

Thanks Steve.

Charlie Claycomb

Great Jazz CD. Fun listening.
Love the rhythm section. Great original works, as well as, inspired interpretations of some of the classics. Fun listening--you just have to smile. My wife and I really enjoyed the wide variety of songs on the new CD. A glass of wine and this CD--priceless.