Hanging Hearts is a free-spirited, Chicago-based trio described by European audiences as hammering the walls between genres. Bridging the gap between jazz, rock, and experimental music, the band offers listeners what is ultimately their own tribal music—a combination of their varying musical backgrounds ranging from jazz and classical, to funk, alternative soul, and full on metal. Each a bandleader and composer in their own right, Hanging Hearts features Chris Weller on tenor and bass saxophones, Cole DeGenova on keyboards, and Devin Drobka on drums.
In June 2016, Hanging Hearts went back into the studio at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, WI with drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus as producer to make their second album, Into a Myth. A strong step forward from their last, the record features eight cut-to-the-chase originals referencing various themes from creation myths to cosmic rights of passage. Into a Myth releases on June 9, 2017 on the Minneapolis-based label Shifting Paradigm Records with supporting U.S. tours.
“James Brown could have found some funk in Hanging Hearts. These guys are from
Chicago, the ghosts of legendary Windy City tenor players like Fred Anderson and Von
Freeman blow through Chris Weller’s intentions. He’s done the Berklee College of Music
thing and DeGenova’s been a soul-boy, with this album comes the time to shake the
wider world. What I hear is self belief played with strength and it’s there for the taking.”
-Steve Day, Sandy Brown Jazz
“Tenor sax player Chris Weller, who has a big Joe Lovano-like sound deep down but
plays more free, keyboardist Cole DeGenova, and drummer Devin Drobka have a thing
going it’s clear