MP3 Fred Hess - Crossed Paths
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9 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Post-Bop, JAZZ: Traditional Jazz Combo
Crossed Paths (Tapestry) by the Fred Hess Quartet is easy to admire, thanks to Hess' painstakingly conceived and formally ambitious compositions, his inspired solos, and others by trumpeter Ron Miles and bassist Ken Filiano. Hess is an inventive melodist, both as an improviser and as a composer.
There are some very unique sonic experiences here, & any dedicated fan of the genre will find themselves listening over & over. One of the best quartets I've listened to in 2005, they get a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me!
Born in Abington, Pennsylvania, Hess grew up in New Jersey, attending Trenton State College, before moving to Colorado in 1981. He graduated with a doctorate in music composition from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1991. His early experiences include studies with saxophonist Phil Woods, a stint with bandleader Fred Waring, and composing music for the world premiere of a Sam Shepard play. As a composer, his influences encompass the contributions of the great figures in jazz history, avant-garde classical sources, as well as Anthony Braxton and the members of the AACM. He is currently Director of Composition at The Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Committed to exploring the boundaries of both notated and improvised music, Hess attended the Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY, in 1979. Moving to Colorado, he began the Boulder Creative Music Ensemble in 1982. In addition to his own projects as a leader (BCME and The Fred Hess Group), he was the founding director of Denverâs Creative Music Works Orchestra and has been a member of drummer Ginger Bakerâs Denver Jazz Quintet, as well as ensembles led by trumpeter Ron Miles. His current performing groups are the Fred Hess Band and the Fred Hess/Marc Sabatella Duo.
Along with recording twelve CDs under his own name, Hess has twice received the Colorado Council on the Arts Composition Fellowship (1986 and 1994), and captured first place in the inaugural Hennessey Jazz Search in Denver (1991), In 2000, Hess received the Julius Hemphill Award for Jazz Composition awarded by the Jazz Composers Alliance, and in 2006, he won first prize at the International Jazz Composers Symposium held in Tampa Fl.. Favorable articles and CD reviews have appeared in such periodicals as DownBeat, Jazziz, JazzTimes, Coda, The Wire, JazzWise, Cadence, and Spin, as well as online jazz websites.
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