WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT HOW 'BOUT NOW

 

 

 

 

How 'Bout Now

Tapestry #76009-2

FRED HESS Tenor Saxophone

RON MILES Cornet

MARK HARRIS Alto Saxophone

KEN FILIANO Bass

MATT WILSON Drums

 

Selections

 

  • How 'Bout ow
  • Sooz Blooz
  • Song For Susan
  • Scarlett's Dance
  • Finding The Evidence
  • Opposites Attract
  • The Clef's Ski Vacation
  • Gathering Moss
  • In The Moment
  • B Quick

 

 

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Mentioning Hess' lack of exposure seems prerequisite in almost every review of his work, and once heard, it's perplexing why he hasn't been afforded greater acclaim. An excellent tunesmith with a superb backing ensemble, this adept improviser has all the makings of a burgeoning master.

Troy Collins - All About Jazz

From photos and correspondence, Hess strikes me as the sort of person who stresses a congenial and self-effacing outlook both on an off the bandstand. His good-natured mien makes his music even more appealing and it is a mindset that seems increasingly uncommon these days with certain musicians and critics continually staking cocky claim to their tiny pieces of the creative improvised music pie. The edifying benefits of such a healthy perspective toward life and art are accessible all over this disc.

Derek Taylor - Bagatellen.com

Going back at least to Extended Family (2003), through Long and Short of It (2004), and into last year's Crossed Paths (all on Tapestry), Hess has been making stunningly beautiful free jazz sounds with his horn and his bands. With the horn, every single solo is a buffed-up gem, a mix of pinpoint precision and freewheeling elan; the band walks a line between freedom and control, counterpoint and unison sounds, elasticity and tight grooves.

Dan McClenaghan - All About Jazz

After two fine albums with his quartet (Ron Miles, Ken Filiano and Matt Wilson), tenor saxophonist Fred Hess has made it a quintet by adding alto saxophonist Mark Harris, and the result is the group's strongest album to date. How 'Bout Now is a state-of-the-art update on the noble tradition of Ornette's classic Atlantic dates, featuring some of Hess's most outlandishly imaginative small-group writing: elaborately worked five-way counterpoint married to a stop-start rhythmic sensibility that sends little shockwaves through every bar.

Nate Dorward - Paris TransAtlantic Magazine

Saxophonist Fred Hess shows no signs of caring about stardom or fame or any of the other forces that drive so many of his fellow musicians. He's more concerned with nudging his work forward day by day, month by month, recording by recording -- and his latest disc, How 'Bout Now, documents his progress.

Michael Roberts - Westword

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Saxophonist Fred Hess shows no signs of caring about stardom or fame or any of the other forces that drive so many of his fellow musicians. He's more concerned with nudging his work forward day by day, month by month, recording by recording -- and his latest disc, How 'Bout Now, documents his progress.Saxophonist Hess doesn't do reviewers any favors. Rather than create discs