“Good Question” by Fred Hess Big Band
Good Question is a twelve bar blues. The melody is reminiscent of Ornette Colemans When Will The Blues Leave. Soloists include Tom Balls trombone, John Gunthers alto, and Matt Wilsons drums, and stunning bass trombone work by Gary Mayne. Hold On provides a dramatic display of innovative sounds, rooted in the modern big- band tradition yet moving beyond the expected. Hess music is passionate and nuanced, sophisticated and fun. This big band from the middle of America, conducted by Tyler Gilmore, is the equal of anything you might find on either coast. -Norman Provizer, DownBeat and KUVO-FM Fantastic solos abound by trumpeter Ron Miles, alto saxophonist John Gunther, trombonists Tom Ball and Nelson Hinds, Filiano and, of course, Hess. The sound of the tenorist breaking out in front of the ensemble for a solo is a marvelous experiencethe gorgeous fluidity of his voice, the labyrinthine stories he tells, twisting and turning from one surprise to the next, wrapping up with off-kilter, Hess-ian logic. -Dan McClenaghan, Allaboutjazz
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