MP3 Fred Hess - Single Moment
My music is described as Acoustic Post-Bop, but is "informed" by all the jazz styles that preceded it.
10 MP3 Songs in this album (60:04) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Traditional Jazz Combo, JAZZ: Modern Creative Jazz
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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 notated and improvised music, Fred Hess attended the Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, NY (1979), founded the Boulder Creative Music Ensemble (1982), Denver’s Creative Music Works Orchestra (1993), and was a member of drummer Ginger Baker’s DJQ.
Recording thirteen CDs under his own name, Hess received Colorado’s Composition Fellowship (1986/1994), won Denver’s inaugural Hennessey Jazz Search (1991), the Jazz Composers Alliance, Julius Hemphill Award (2000), and first prize at the First International Jazz Composers Symposium (2006). Favorable articles and reviews have appeared in DownBeat, Jazziz, JazzTimes, Coda, The Wire, JazzWise, Cadence, and online jazz websites.
This collection of compositions travels through a wide range of jazz languages. The addition of guitarist Dale Bruning to the existing ensemble gives us opportunities to explore subtle nuances through his pleasingly mellifluous, yet always multi-faceted arrangements. Solos, duets, trios, quintets, and sextets roam the rich harmonic landscape, featuring sensitive interpretations by this wonderful group of players.
My thanks to my fellow musicians. It’s very rewarding to have the opportunity to create a body of work featuring these superb players. Their comradarie in the studio and friendship away from the bandstand is truly appreciated.