TheHeckler is a quartet influenced by contemporary urban jazz sounds found manly at the New York and Barcelonas underground. Present-day jazz in which youll hear music elements from pop-rock, new-bop and free jazz; elements always treated with the acoustic format, a way to guarantee a very jazzy sound.
Their first album, called Heckler City, its a compacted project. It was thought from its beginning to fit the bands formation and with clear references to the notion of city. It smells like city. It builds heavy atmospheres, maybe humid, a bit dark, autumn style. The album and the entire quartet project remind us of a capital city. Big cities with thousand of stories that, as flash of light, appear and disappear without leaving trace they are jus too many.
In 1970, when Inner City Records was just getting off the ground, Phil Woods was in Europe enjoying himself, and collaborating with musicians who were definitely feeling the spell of the Miles Davis groundbreaking jazz fusion epic Bitches Brew. While always a staunch straight-ahead bebop player, Woods decided to mix it up a bit and incorporate elements of funk, rock, and free improvisation, much to the likely chagrin of his listeners. In fact, a vitriolic letter printed on the back cover from an unidentified fan residing in Chicopee Falls, MA, rips Woods for abandoning melody, criticizes his titles, and actually threatens him with physical violence should he ever show up in his town.