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Guitarist Scott Hesse is yet another talented, technically adept young jazz artist looking to make a name for himself on the New York scene. His debut recording, Intuition>, is a solidly swinging effort that shows his affinity for the straight-ahead, Blue Note sound of the '50s and '60s, as well as a more subtle awareness of the jazz avant-garde.
Hesse works through a nicely varied set of six originals and two standards: Joe Henderson's "the Kicker" (which first appeared on the classic Horace Silver album Song for My Father ) and the ballad "I Wish I Knew." He is backed by a fine young quartet of unknowns (to me at least) including Jon Cowherd on piano, Ranaan Meyer on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums.
It is hardly a criticism of the 27-year-old Iowan, now living in the Bronx, to say that he is still searching for an original voice on his instrument. His improvisational style strongly recalls that of standard bearers from Wes Montgomery to Grant Green. But he has a firm mastery of the fundamentals and is off to a good start with this promising debut.
Anyone interested in purchasing Intuition, or in booking information, can contact Scott directly at (718) 548-2711 or via e-mail at ScotH232@aol.com.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com