Phoenix, Arizona-based trumpeter/composer Fred Forney has performed with a host of jazz heavies, including Bob Mintzer, Don Menza, and Roger Kellaway, and has toured internationally with the Bobby Caldwell Big Band. Chasing Horizons is Forney's second release as a leader and debut for OA2 records. The disc is a high energy progressive jazz session featuring tenor saxophonist Brice Winston and pianist Chuck Marohnic.
Forney displays a matter-of-fact brassy tone, full of vigor. His solo ideas are confident and adventurous with Freddie Hubbard-like brashness. The opening barn burner Nearly Human" and the straight-eighth Latin-funk title track are suitable vehicles for Forney's ...read more
With a deep respect for tone quality, trumpeter Fred Forney has put together a collection of modern mainstream arrangements that serve the jazz tradition well. With the Chuck Marohnic Trio, Forney explores familiar territory. Half are the trumpeter’s compositions. His Caverns" moves with drama and mystery; the trumpet floating irregularly atop a solid piano trio harmony and rhythmic foundation. Forney’s piano/flugelhorn duet tribute to Art Farmer offers warm phrases and somber thoughts. We lost Art Farmer in October. After losing so many respected jazz artists in 1999, it’s comforting to know that we’ll always have their music to remember them ...read more