Thomas Heflin | Morning Star

Morning Star is trumpeter and composer Thomas Heflin’s fantastic second recording as a leader. The concept is wrapped within the presentation of a radio program hosted by DJ Brandon Robertson. What follows is some truly outstanding music and performances, starting with Heflin. The compositions possess a nice feel of the past and the present together. Bring this to life are the talents of Gregory Tardy on tenor sax, Peter Stoltzman on piano, Steve Haines on bass, Aaron Matson on guitar, Xavier Ware on drums, Dan Hitchcock on woodwinds, and Jorge Luis Torres “Papiosco” on percussion. Singers Mavis “Swan” Poole and Ariel Pocock are featured on a couple of the album’s vocals. This is truly a top-notch production worth checking out.