Scott Hesse is a talented, technically adept, young jazz artist. His debut recording, Intuition, is a solidly swinging effort that shows his affinity for the straight-ahead, as well as a more subtle awareness of the jazz avant-garde. Joel Roberts, All About Jazz
In a word, Hesse can play-and he can write too. Hesse’s compositions are melodic and plainspoken, as is his manner of playing the guitar. [His] tasteful single-note lines sparkle like sunlight on clear water. The tone is lucid and charming, the Jazz sensibility keen and persuasive. Jack Bowers, Jazz Now Magazine
The freshest sound I have heard yet of all the guitarists of his generation. George Benson
In the November 1999 issue of L.A. Jazz Scene, interviewer Bill Donaldson asks guitarist/Blue Note recording artist Rodney Jones, Are there any guitarists pushing the envelope? Jones responds, There are a couple of guys here in New York. Scott Hesse is originally from Iowa, and he has played things on guitar that I've never heard anyone else play before. He plays in a way that's very un-guitaristic. It's like he's interested in playing music, versus playing the guitar. I would say he's at the forefront of the young guys I've heard.
The Flame Within The Fire is a powerful and very personal artistic statement from guitarist Scott Hesse. Central to this thesis is the notion that the improvised art form cannot always be reduced to the level of triadic harmony and simplistic charts. Hesse's music is all about dialogue and development within an expert ensemble; students of next-generation improvised musical art should benefit from the advanced ideas presented here.