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Fred Hess

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: October 3, 1944    

Fred Hess

”Hess has an obvious affinity for a wide range of jazz-related idioms; he melds them into a cool, brainy, and utterly natural composite. On tenor, Hess has a mellow, Lester-ish tone and what seems to be an encyclopedic knowledge of the tenor giant’s style. Still, his melodic sense also draws from the best of the modern idioms. His articulation is smooth and light; harmonically, he’s not adverse to going “out,” though he never discards the changes of a tune for the sake of expedience.” - All Music Guide

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....
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  • Speak

    Alison
    2012
    BUY
  • Into the Open

    Alison
    2011
    BUY
  • Hold On

    Dazzle Recordings
    2009
    BUY
  • Single Moment

    Alison
    2008
    BUY
  • In The Grotto

    Alison
    2007
    BUY
  • How 'Bout Now

    Tapestry
    2006
    BUY
  • Crossed Paths

    Tapestry
    2005
    BUY
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Speak by Florence Wetzel

Into the Open by Dan McClenaghan

Hold On by Troy Collins

Hold On by Dan McClenaghan

Single Moment by Jerry D'Souza

Single Moment by Dan McClenaghan

Single Moment by Troy Collins

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Featured recording “Speak”

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Alison (2012)
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