Crossed Paths (Tapestry) by the Fred Hess Quartet is easy to admire, thanks to Hess’ painstakingly conceived and formally ambitious compositions, his inspired solos, and others by trumpeter Ron Miles and bassist Ken Filiano. Hess is an inventive melodist, both as an improviser and as a composer. His improvisations are deceptively intense. He isn’t an extrovert and doesn’t play loud, but he has tons of good ideas and generates them at a blistering pace.
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