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.
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