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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 ...


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Fred Hess Quartet: The Long And Short Of It

Read "The Long And Short Of It" reviewed by Farrell Lowe

The single most striking difference between Fred Hess' latest recording and all of his earlier efforts is the relaxed and joyful feel of the music contained herein. Tyranny to form, an element of Hess' recordings that has caught too much of my attention in the past, is gone, amended by said relaxation and joy. This unassuming ...


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Fred Hess Quartet: The Long and Short of It

Read "The Long and Short of It" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Appearances, as they say, can be deceiving. On the cover of The Long and Short of It, the grey-haired and bespectacled Fred Hess wears a standard blue dress shirt beneath a conservative sweater vest. It's a look that might make you guess the sounds he's offering up here are a set of time-tested standards, played in ...


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Fred Hess Quartet: Exposed

Read "Exposed" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Boulder, Colorado doesn’t crop up often in serious conversations about creative improvised music. But based on the serendipitous contents of this new CIMP release perhaps it should. Fred Hess founded the Boulder Creative Music Ensemble at the onset of the Eighties and according to producer Bob Rusch the aggregate of creative improvisers continues to this day. ...


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