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Fred Hess Big Band: Speak

Read "Speak" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

In the liner notes to Speak, saxophonist/band leader Fred Hess makes an important point: although the golden era of traveling big bands is long past, the big band format lives on in school ensembles, as well as through individuals such as himself, whose love for this format plows right through all the logistical difficulties. Anyone seeking ...

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Fred Hess Big Band: Into the Open

Read "Into the Open" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Denver, Colorado-based tenor saxophonist/bandleader Fred Hess isn't one to sit around and wait for the muse to pay a visit. He boasts fifteen CDs as a leader, cranking one out every year now for better than a decade. His profile rose on the surge of a set of small group outings, beginning with Crossed Paths (Tapestry, ...

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Fred Hess Big Band: Hold On

Read "Hold On" reviewed by Troy Collins

Originally from Abington, Pennsylvania, tenor saxophonist Fred Hess has resided in Denver, Colorado since 1981. Though Denver is not often considered a hotbed of progressive jazz, Hess, as founder of the Boulder Creative Music Ensemble and Denver's Creative Music Works Orchestra, has fashioned an alternative to the East Coast/West Coast paradigm. With 14 albums as a ...

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Fred Hess Big Band: Hold On

Read "Hold On" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Fred Hess has been prolific this millennium. For those familiar with the Denver-based saxophonist's last six discs, however, Hold On may come as a surprise. Since 2004, Hess has immersed himself in the art of the piano-less quartet, before augmenting his group--first, with a second saxophonist, and then a guitarist, moving from quintet to sextet and ...

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Saxophonist/Composer Fred Hess Releases New Big Band CD as a Leader: “Hold On” (Dazzle Records 202), on August 17

Saxophonist/Composer Fred Hess Releases New Big Band CD as a Leader: “Hold On” (Dazzle Records 202), on August 17

SAXOPHONIST/COMPOSER FRED HESS RELEASES NEW BIG BAND CD AS A LEADER: “HOLD ON” (DAZZLE RECORDS 202), ON AUGUST 17 Big Band features Ron Miles, John Gunther, Marc Sabatella, Ken Filiano, and Matt Wilson When you take this disc for a spin, you just might want to Hold On tight during its exciting 78-minute ride through the modern, ...