WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUTINTO THE OPEN

 

INTO THE OPEN

FRED HESS BIG BAND

john gunther - alto saxophone
johan eriksson- alto saxophone
fred hess - tenor saxophone
peter Sommer - tenor saxophone
mark harris - baritone saxophone


brad goode - trumpet
dave rajewski - trumpet
al hood - trumpet
ron miles - trumpet


tom ball - trombone
nelson hinds - trombone
hoyt andres - trombone
gary mayne - bass trombone


marc sabetella - piano
ken filiano - bass
matt wilson - drums


tyler gilmore conductor

LISTEN TO: SOOZ BLOOZ

Selections

  • Sooz Blooz
  • Home Base
  • See You/Illuma Soma
  • Norman's Gold
  • Alison's Dream
  • Journey To Sentosa
  • Baby Clefs Birthday
  • Ninth House

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Fantastic solos abound by trumpeter Ron Miles, alto saxophonist John Gunther, trombonists Tom Ball and Nelson Hinds, Filiano and, of course, Hess. The sound of the tenorist breaking out in front of the ensemble for a solo is a marvelous experience-the gorgeous fluidity of his voice, the labyrinthine stories he tells, twisting and turning from one surprise to the next, wrapping up with off-kilter, Hess-ian logic.

-Dan McClenaghan, allaboutjazz.com

Although it invokes established traditions far more often than its contemporaries, Hess' big band finds concordance with similarly idiosyncratic ensembles like Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra and Either/Orchestra. Pushing headlong into the future with a bracing combination of inside and outside approaches, Into The Open perfectly evokes the sentiment of its title.


-Troy Collins - Point Of Departure, An online Music Journal


Highly original! Jazz entertainment at its best! This is an excellent CD collection of what contemporary big band music is doing, and its incredibly imaginative sounds.

-Lee Prosser - JazzReview.com