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Multi-saxophonist Ted Hogarth's second outing, Misconception, is a charmer with an appealingly relaxing and soft side, though it has a splattering of the hard bop sound on several tracks. A veteran of the Chicago jazz scene, Hogarth's experience extends to playing regularly with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and, most notably, with trumpeter Rob Parton and his JazzTech Big Band. While his primary musical instrument of choice remains the baritone, he plays the rarely-heard C-melody saxophone here. Unfortunately, the liner notes do not reveal on which tracks, and only a keen ear can distinguish between the common tenor and the C-melody sound.
With the exception of "Second Laugh" and "So Far, Lofaro," two very fine charts by drummer Darren Scorza, all the other compositions are Hogarth originals. The music is quite enjoyable, marked by several tasteful solos. As one might expect, Hogarth shines on all saxophones, while the members of his collective provide sparkling individual performances. Jo Ann Daugherty sounds impressive on both piano and Fender Rhodes, especially on "The Dance." Trumpeter Brian Schwab plays off the leader on the opening "Now" while the rhythm section, here consisting of bassist Bob Lovecchio, trombonist Andy Baker and drummer Darren Scorza, maintains a tight cohesive sound.
Other notable scores are "Misconception," "Aspiration," "Children's Song" and the exciting finale, "Groovin," a steamy piece of music with another collaboration between Hogarth and Schwab on the horns. There's no mystery here, and no misconceptions either: Hogarth crafts an album of expressive delights, using different saxophone voices to forge an unconventional and imaginative session of jazz that everyone can enjoy.
Track Listing: Now; The Dance; Second Laugh; Misconception; Even Keel; Aspirations; Children's Song; So Far, Lofaro; Groovin.
Personnel: Ted Hogarth: C-melody, tenor and baritone saxophone; Andy Baker: trombone; Jo Ann
Daugherty: piano and Fender Rhodes; Bob Lovecchio: bass; Brian Schwab: trumpet and
flugelhorn; Darren Scorza: drums.
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