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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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The Fred Hess Band: In the Grotto

Read "In the Grotto" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The opening cut on The Fred Hess Band's In the Grotto, “Simple Steps," is a curious mix of whimsy and menace, stunning technical virtuosity and free form good times, a malleable weave of the eloquent and the intricate in his solos as he blows between the tight ensemble sections, all within the saxophonist's loose-jointed compositions. It's ...

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The Fred Hess Band: In The Grotto

Read "In The Grotto" reviewed by Troy Collins


In The Grotto is Denver-based composer and tenor saxophonist Fred Hess' twelfth album as a leader and the fourth to feature members of his long-running quartet. The Long and Short of It (Tapestry, 2004) and Crossed Paths (Tapestry, 2005) featured trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Matt Wilson. How 'Bout Now (Tapestry, 2006) expanded ...


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