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Fred Hess Quartet: Crossed Paths

Read "Crossed Paths" reviewed by James Taylor

Saxophonist Fred Hess' latest release on the independent Colorado-based Tapestry label is his quartet's best. With trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Ken Filiano, and drummer Matt Wilson, Crossed Paths features a more tight-knit unit and a composer more comfortable writing for this particular ensemble.

Like eclectic trumpeter Dave Douglas, the unheralded Hess is versed ...

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Fred Hess Quartet: Crossed Paths

Read "Crossed Paths" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Crossed Paths is state-of-the-art modern jazz. The members of Colorado tenor saxophonist Fred Hess' quartet explore his themes from every conceivable angle, ranging from skipping swing to brittle abstraction. And there's a blues, too.

Hess appears to enjoy a growing reputation, and he deserves it. He's a monster musician, a saxophonist with a full, ...

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Fred Hess Quartet: Crossed Paths

Read "Crossed Paths" reviewed by John Kelman

It's wonderful for an artist to find a group so emotionally linked to his or her conception that the music takes on a greater significance than what's on the written page. Denver-based tenor saxophonist Fred Hess found such a group for his previous release, The Long and Short of It , a record that took his ...

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Fred Hess Quartet: Crossed Paths

Read "Crossed Paths" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Listening to “On Perry St.," the opening cut on Denver-based saxophonist Fred Hess' Crossed Paths --a song that thumps in on a rock-ish beat (by Matt Wilson) and a big loping bass line (by Ken Filiano), followed by some loose two horn harmony--I'm struck, on Hess's first solo of the disc, by what pretty noise the ...