Ted Hogarth is a Chicago-based saxophonist and clarinetist who plays with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble (founded by Bill Russo) and Rob Parton’s JazzTech Big Band and holds a master’s degree in jazz composition. His Ted Hogarth Collective is a sextet that includes a trumpet and trombone in the front line. On its first album, Misconception, where Hogarth plays tenor, C-Melody and baritone saxophones, the Collective performs seven Hogarth originals and two by drummer Darren Scorza. The thoughtful, well-constructed compositions express a variety of moods, from the hard-bop swinger “Aspirations” to the simple “Children’s Song” to the funky “Groovin’,” which is anchored by a New Orleans second-line parade beat. Polished, professional solos are selectively distributed throughout the recording, with not everyone improvising on every tune.
On baritone, his main instrument, Hogarth gets a smooth tone and typically plays flowing, melodic solos. But he’s at his most exciting on tenor, as is especially evident in his duet with drummer Scorza on “Groovin’.” Indeed, the general ambiance of the recording is one of relative reserve, in spite of a few such incendiary spots, which also include some passionate work by pianist Jo Ann Daugherty.