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.
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