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Fred Hess

Born: September 3, 1944    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

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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Fred Hess Band Single Moment (Alison SR 115 – 2008) Featuring Dale Bruning, Guitar Ron Miles, trumpet; John Gunther, reeds; Ken Filiano, bass; Matt Wilson, drums In The Grotto (Alison SR 114 – 2007) Ron Miles, trumpet; John Gunther, reeds; Ken Filiano, bass; Matt Wilson, drums How ‘Bout Now (Tapestry 76009-2 – 2006) Ron Miles, trumpet; Mark Harris, alto sax; Ken Filiano, bass; Matt Wilson, drums Fred Hess Quartet Crossed Paths (Tapestry 76007-2 -- 2005) Ron Miles, trumpet; Ken Filiano, bass; Matt Wilson, drums The Long And Short Of It (Tapestry 76006-2 -– 2004) Ron Miles, trumpet; Ken Filiano, bass; Matt Wilson, drums Extended Family (Tapestry 76004-2 -- 2003) Paul Smoker, trumpet; Ken Filiano, bass; Damon Short, drums Exposed (CIMP 249 -- 2002) Paul Smoker, trumpet; Ken Filiano, bass; Damon Short, drums Fred Hess with Marc Sabatella Right At Home (Tapestry 76005-2 -- 2003) Fred Hess, tenor saxophone; Marc Sabatella, piano Fred Hess Group: with Ron Miles, trumpet; Tom Myer, alto sax; Art Lande, piano, Mark Simon, bass; Rudy Royston, drums You Know I Care (Capri 74045-2) -- 1994) w/Mark Harris, alto sax Sweet Thunder (Capri 74032-2) -- 1992) Fred Hess/ Boulder Creative Music Ensemble Faith (Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1112 -- 2001) Ron Miles, trumpet; Glenn Nitta, soprano sax; Mark Harris, clarinet & Bari sax; Kent McLagan, bass; Tim Sullivan, drums Ninth Street Park (Tapestry 76003-2 -- 2000) Ron Miles, trumpet; Glenn Nitta, soprano sax; Mark Harris, clarinet & Bari sax; Kent McLagan, bass; Tim Sullivan, drums Between The Lines (Tapestry 76002-2 -- 1999) Ron Miles, trumpet; Glenn Nitta, soprano sax; Mark Harris, clarinet & Bari sax: Wade Sander, trombone; Glenn Taylor, pedal steel guitar; Mark Simon, bass; Ken Walker, bass; Steve Holloway, drums; Jill Frederickson, drums as sideman: Ginger Baker and the DJQ20 Coward Of The County (Atlantic Records 83168-2 -- 1999) Ron Miles, trumpet; James Carter, bari sax & bass clarinet, sax; Eric Gunnison, piano; Artie Moore, bass; Ginger Baker, drums Ron Miles Group My Cruel Heart (Gramavision GCD 79510 -- 1996) Ron Miles, trumpet; Todd Ayers, guitar; Farrell Lowe, guitar; Artie Moore, bass; Rudy Royston, drums Witness (Capri 74014-2 -- 1990) Ron Miles, trumpet; Art Lande, piano; Ken Walker, bass; Bruno Carr, drums

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