|JazzReview.Com: EXTENDED FAMILY brings the satisfying contemporary jazz sounds of the Fred Hess Quartet to the jazz listening audience, and it is jazz entertainment to relish and savor. Colorado-based Fred Hess is one of the finest tenor saxophone performers in jazz.
There are 8 selections on the CD. The collection includes such invigorating songs as "Good Question," the innovative "Cathy's Taffy" which has a running time of 10:37 minutes, "Extended Family," "Boson," among others. Each song has solid performances and good solo work that soars.
If you are looking for something fresh and enjoyable, give the Fred Hess Quartet a listen, you won't be disappointed. Paul Smoker's trumpet work is incredibly good, and each performer is topnotch. A fine collection of songs.