Content by tag "Fred Hess"

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature

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Dave Brubeck wasn't really a big-band kinda guy; in fact, he was seldom seen in groups larger than four or five. On the other hand, he was an extraordinary musician, one whose influence will no doubt be felt for generations to come. Brubeck, who remained active almost to the end of his life, died December 5 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fred Hess Big Band: Speak

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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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Speak" - New Fred Hess Big Band Album

"Speak" - New Fred Hess Big Band Album

SAXOPHONIST/COMPOSER FRED HESS RELEASES 3rd BIG BAND CD AS A LEADER: “SPEAK” (ALISON RECORDS 117), ON AUGUST 6th Big Band features John Fedchock, Ron Miles, John Gunther, Marc Sabatella, Peter Sommer, and Matt Wilson. “Highly original! Jazz entertainment at its best! This is an excellent CD collection of what contemporary big band music is doing, and its incredibly imaginative —Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com “All ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

[Editor's note: Last month, All About Jazz contributor Florence Wetzel conducted a two-hour interview with Ron Miles. The result is the most extensive interview piece ever written about the Colorado-based trumpeter. Part 1 covers his early years and education; Parts 2 and 3, bringing Miles up to ...

George Stone / Fred Hess Big Band / Jamie Begian Big Band

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George Stone

The Real Deal

Self Published

2010

Every once in a while the stars align, the wheel of fortune spins precisely and listeners are the happy recipients of a big band album that is remarkably engaging and spectacular from start to finish; in other words, The Real Deal. This ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist/Composer Fred Hess Releases New Big Band CD As A Leader: "Into The Open" (Alison Records 116), On February 21

Saxophonist/Composer Fred Hess Releases New Big Band CD As A Leader: "Into The Open" (Alison Records 116), On February 21

The Fred Hess Big Band is back. After releasing more than a dozen discs as the leader of small groups, Hess jumped into the big-band groove for the first time with his 2009 CD Hold On. That disc played to positive reviews and provided the music on the trailer for the highly- regarded Broadway play “God Of Carnage." As ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Tops in '10: The Best Big Band Albums of the Year

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The holiday season is upon us, which means it's a perfect time to name my choices for the best big band albums of 2010. Looking back, this was a better year for large ensembles than memory envisaged, and narrowing the list of candidates to 10 wasn't as easy as I thought it might be. Nevertheless, the ...

Fred Hess Big Band / Timucua Jazz Orchestra / Michael Treni

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Fred Hess Big Band
Hold On
Dazzle Records
2010

When listening to Hold On, composer / arranger / saxophonist Fred Hess' fourteenth album as leader but first in front of a big band, one question immediately arises: What took him so long? As it turns out, recording his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ottawa Jazz Festival 2010: Days 1-3, June 24-26, 2010

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Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-9 | Days 10-11
Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio
Etienne Charles and Folklore / Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers
Bill Frisell 858 Quartet

TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
June 24-26, 2010
Back in April 2010, when the TD Ottawa International ...