Ted Hogarth

Misconception

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Chicago saxophonist Ted Hogarth has created his challenging, expansive music from enough jazz influences that almost anyone can appreciate it. And that is no Misconception, even though that happens to be the title and subject of this review. The CD features his rich and varied textures, as well as his excellent arrangements that support both the collective and individual voices of his group. Hogarth's voices -- the baritone, tenor, and C-melody saxophones -- get a great workout on an array of styles that include the bright Metheny shuffle of "Misconception," the hard bop bounce of "Aspirations," the jazz-rock pulse heard on "Now," and on "Groovin'," which is based on a New Orleans second-line march. This is no easy task because each style has a language of its own, but Hogarth seamlessly eases from one jazz subcategory to the next, reliving its history in his amazing sax riffs and chordal patterns. On "Now," his elongated notes and circular-breathed tones, honks, squeaks, and beeps bring to mind Sonny Rollins' early playing while Bob Lovecchio's bass playing quickly reminds one of Charlie Haden's amazing art of the pizz. Jo Ann Daugherty showcases her brilliant experience on "The Dance" and really gives her all on Hogarth's excellent arrangement. Brian Schwab's trumpet solo is cookin' while Darren Scorza and Lovecchio's rhythm logic hold this song all together. Overall, this is an excellent recording and one you're sure to enjoy.

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