CD REVIEW: Legacy by Jeff Hartman

Jeff Hartman has been writing and performing original songs since 1980. He is the owner of Screaming Wife Productions, LLC and has been a member of the Recording Academy for 15 years. He is an internationally recognized songwriter and recording artist and has worked with Grammy- nominated writers and artists. Jeff lives with his wife Paula at the South Jersey shore, in Margate, NJ. He loves to write for singers of all ages and recently released his new album, Legacy, with its smooth jazz and soulfully tasting adult contemporary songs. Legacy can be found at CD Baby, along with his first release, Mansfield.

“Running Back To Me” opens the disc with promise, but it gets increasingly better as it goes, with “Or Nothing At All” and “Summertime” following in progressive fashion. There’s really nothing progressive about the music though, it’s easy listening at its finest. It just has a building up progress as it goes till the very last cut. “Kookitykoo” is where it starts to pick up a little, with an interesting take on the craziness going on in society. It pushed the CD into high gear for a few minutes and helps it stay interesting and go the distance for it all in a proper way. “Ice Cream Man” is not one of the better moments, but there is still a charm about it that won’t quit. It brings you closer to the lack of seriousness he puts forth, but it doesn’t take any seriousness away from his obviously good musicianship. It brings along the next number “Overtime” into the picture and at this point there’s no questioning the songwriting and playing of Jeff Hartman are of the world class variety. It’s enjoyable to hear the lyrics play out without any shame, as he puts his money where his mouth is about the money. It’s one of the better numbers as well.

“Papas Lullaby” has some great acoustic guitar playing and fine piano work as well. This is a slow paced one, but very groovy and quite delicate and beautiful as any lullaby should be. If you get this far into it you’ll be glad you heard this. However, if you skip it because it’s slow, you’ll miss one of the highlights of this CD. It’s followed by “The Peace Song” and it sounds very 80s. The versus don’t hold up like the chorus and the backbeat, but it’s all positive. You’ll like it by the end either way, and want to stand up and sing along. It’s sort of a little anthem underneath it all. “What’s Going On” sounds like The Year Of The Cat or On The Border, but at the same time they’re nothing like them. It just reminds of that and songs like Baker St. from the mid-70s. The point is, he seems to find his way back and forth through the decades. And this song in-particular and it even deals with that in some of the lyrics being about being much older and wiser, singing to mama. “Maybe Eyes” is another great slice with an organ and guitar intro that picks back up here and there in the song, in a bluesy vein. This is another fantastic track that leads to another in the closer, “Story Of Your Life.” This CD is excellent.


by Kevin Webber

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