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Speak

Label: Alison Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Blues for Bonnie Belle; How ’Bout Now; Speak to Me; Chutes and Ladders; Finding the Evidence; Psalm to Hymn.

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Blues For Bonnie Belle

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Label: Alison Records
Released: 2012
Duration: 7:15

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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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Into the Open

Label: Alison Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Sooz Blooz; Home Base; See You (Illuma Soma); Norman's Gold; Alison's Dream; Journey to Sentosa; Baby Clef's Birthday; Ninth House.

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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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Single Moment

Label: Alison Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Blues For Bonnie Belle; Dancing With Daffodils; Norman's Gold; While My Lady Sleeps; Port O' Call; Thursday's Theme; Out of the Past; Return of the Clefs; Spring Is Here; Single Moment.

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The Fred Hess Band: Single Moment

Read "Single Moment" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Tenor saxophonist Fred Hess has been something of an adventurer with his music. He has not only gone past the obvious in his interpretation of tunes, he has also been unafraid to get into different genres. That he has been successful tells his tale. Hess adds guitarist Dale Bruning to his tried and true ...

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The Fred Hess Band: Single Moment

Read "Single Moment" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Tenor saxophonist Fred Hess blew off on a free tangent in 2002 with Exposed (CIMP Records), employing an Ornette Coleman style quartet containing two horns, bass and drums. He followed up on that approach with three excellent Tapestry Records discs, Extended Family (2003), The Long and Short of It (2004), and Crossed Paths (2005), with the ...

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The Fred Hess Band: Single Moment

Read "Single Moment" reviewed by Troy Collins


Denver-based tenor saxophonist Fred Hess is an under-sung yet vital presence in the Mid-Western jazz scene. His current quartet with Ron Miles (trumpet), Ken Filiano (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums) first recorded together on The Long and Short of It (Tapestry, 2004). A prolific post-bop ensemble, they have issued three follow-up albums in as many years, ...


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