A self-proclaimed John Coltrane acolyte -- and how many tenor saxophonists these days aren't? -- Steve Heckman's second album as a leader picks up about where his first album, With John in Mind, left off, trying to catch the 'Trane. The first three tracks, "Soul Eyes," "Equinox," and "You're a Weaver of Dreams" -- all performed by Coltrane once upon a long ago -- set out the agenda explicitly. On these tunes, occasionally Heckman manages to hint at the cry in Coltrane's tenor, yet Heckman's tone is broader, balder, not as nuanced, and that results in a heavier texture that presses down on the rhythm section. By the fourth track, "Ode to the Sunsinger" -- which has a head that radiates the vibe of its title -- Heckman switches to his own material, going back and forth between tenor and soprano saxes. Even his soprano, though, has a weighty feeling that prevents the lines from soaring. His Monk-ish "Theosphere" is about guess who -- faithful in tribute right down to his eccentric stabbing notes. The rhythm section -- pianist Matt Clark, bassist Karen Horner, drummer Jemal Ramirez -- plays it straight-ahead and competent; everybody trades off solos and breaks in traditional fashion with not very much imagination. Recorded in the friendly, terraced ambience of Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, the live sound is excellent.