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Fred Haas: Telling Stories

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Both saxophonist Fred Haas and bassist Michael Moore have recorded excellent duo CDs with guitarist Gene Bertoncini. On Telling Stories, the twos become a three, with Haas doubling on sax and piano and supplying all the material. It's obvious from the first track, the affable “Cayman Blues, that Haas is a talented composer who writes from the heart; he's also thoroughly accomplished on both instruments, playing with subtlety and taste. With Bertoncini and Moore in top form, it's an elegant, expressive threesome, and together they provide a relaxed and welcoming set.

Haas has a gift for ...

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Fred Haas and Bob Hallahan: I Thought About You

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Fred Haas is a musician one can only hope will keep recording because not even the jazz media is eternally obtuse. His recording I Thought About You highlights his tenor saxophone accompanied by pianist Bob Hallahan. This CD is a world away from a breezy throw together session. It documents a subtle, sophisticated exchange by two intelligent musicians who demonstrate little interest in taking any of the easy routes out.

Hallahan is an excellent accompanist who plays with restraint and tact, but just beneath the surface is a sensibility that is crucial to the success of this recording. Hass plays ...

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Fred Haas & Gene Bertoncini: Interplay

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Saxophonist Fred Haas and guitarist Gene Bertoncini have recorded a high wire act of a duet CD entitled Interplay. This is intimate music that leaves these two players out front with only their own resources and each other to depend on. They succeed, wonderfully.

It is a musical lesson to listen to Bertoncini play behind Haas’s solos. The variety of his approaches is a good start on a history of jazz guitar accompaniment. In addition, Bertoncini’s crystalline classical touch is a striking foil for the tenor, especially when intertwining with Haas’s impressive solos on “Embraceable You” and “Broadway.” Fred Haas ...



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