116

Fred Haas: Telling Stories

Dr. Judith Schlesinger By

Sign in to view read count
Fred Haas: Telling Stories Both saxophonist Fred Haas and bassist Michael Moore have recorded excellent duo CDs with guitarist Gene Bertoncini. On Telling Stories, the twos become a three, with Haas doubling on sax and piano and supplying all the material. It's obvious from the first track, the affable "Cayman Blues, that Haas is a talented composer who writes from the heart; he's also thoroughly accomplished on both instruments, playing with subtlety and taste. With Bertoncini and Moore in top form, it's an elegant, expressive threesome, and together they provide a relaxed and welcoming set.



Haas has a gift for thoughtful and melodic compositions. The dozen here, written over the past twenty years, range from blues to ballads, bop and bossas, including the serene "Infinite Vistas, "Winter Samba, and "Jobim, a tribute that manages to duplicate the feel of the master without copying him. The trio swings through some familiar changes on "Nowhere and caresses the gorgeous "Sabrina's Smile ; on "Blues with a Twist, Haas proves that his horn can wail as well as whisper. Meanwhile, Bertoncini provides exquisite solos and filigree throughout, while Moore supplies a deep, velvety pulse and some eloquent bowing on "Elegy."



The liners explain that Haas's songs were variously inspired by nature, love, and gratitude ("Elegy, for instance, is a tuneful tribute to the jazz greats who "gave themselves so completely...and live on through their music. ). The musical result is such audible contentment that listening to Telling Stories actually soothes and cheers the spirit. But this is no wispy, New Age fluff: this is real jazz, with style, substance and soul, and as such it's highly recommended.


Track Listing: Cayman Blue; Jobim; Midnight Whispers; Nowhere; Infinite Vistas; Blues with a Twist; Sabrinas Smile; Winter Samba; Elegy; Falls Alive; Freds Ahead; Prayer for Peace.

Personnel: Fred Haas: piano, saxophone; Gene Bertoncini: guitar; Michael Moore: bass.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Jazz Toons | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth" CD/LP/Track Review Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth
by Doug Collette
Published: August 15, 2016
Read "AHEO" CD/LP/Track Review AHEO
by James Nadal
Published: May 23, 2016
Read "Windows" CD/LP/Track Review Windows
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 12, 2016
Read "Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)" CD/LP/Track Review Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)
by John Eyles
Published: October 16, 2016
Read "Cantos Invisíveis" CD/LP/Track Review Cantos Invisíveis
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 11, 2016
Read "Mujo" CD/LP/Track Review Mujo
by John Sharpe
Published: July 16, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!