The Fred Hess Big Band has a winner on its hands with the innovative big band CD collection, Into The Open. The collection shines with its intricate approaches and right-on performances.
With the exception of the Jean Bardy/Denny Goodhew song, "See You" (Illuma Soma), all other songs are by composer Fred Hess. There are eight songs with a total playing time of 65:27 minutes. The imaginative song list contains such big band gems as "Sooz Blooz," "Home Bass," "See You" (Illuma Soma), "Norman's Gold," "Alison's dream," "Journey to Sentosa," "Baby Clefs Birthday," and the intricate "Ninth House."
What makes this big band sound work so well is a combination of factors. Good jazz appproaches, high quality performances, vigor, intimacy, and fine jazz compositions.
If you are looking for some big band music that reflects that approach at its best, you are in for a listening treat with Into The Open. Congratulations to the Fred Hess Big Band on its originality and likeable verve. Some of the songs that this reviewer enjoyed most were "Journey to Sentosa," "Ninth House," and "Home Base." Every song is a winner in this collection!
This is a fine big band outing, an enjoyable listening entertainment. Big Band fans will love the Fred Hess Band.
Highly original! Jazz entertainment at its best!