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Present Company

by Peter Hess Quartet

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Ring Tone 07:16
Echolocation 06:37
Engines 08:10
Komma 06:31
When To Move 06:02


Brian Drye and I met in 1997 and discovered we'd both moved to the city that same day. We had both worked with Buddy Morrow before coming to New York (though not at the same time) and the synchronicity keeps going. This record came together fast, it was evident right away how we were going to play this music, dipping into the deep well that the four of us have in common. Sanford Theme is dedicated to our mutual friend Mike McGinnis, who told me he liked it. He's from Sanford, ME. Echolocation reminds me of the late Ed Blackwell records, that I played over and over again at the library... Brian and I played together for about a year in Slavic Soul Party, where playing in 7 wasn't unusual at all. I wrote Engines when Paul Motian died: endless inspiration. The Net Menders is a melody I wrote above a beautiful low-fi piano track sent to me by Jesse Poe, for a film score that never came to be. When To Move is the first thing we played on the record date, playing free to shake it out. It was a keeper.


released December 17, 2019

Peter Hess, tenor saxophone
Brian Drye, trombone
Adam Hopkins, bass
Tomas Fujiwara, drums

Tracks 1-5 by Hess (R.Hex Music, SESAC), 6 by Hess/Jesse Poe, 7 by Hess/Drye/Hopkins/Fujiwara

Diskonife 05

Recorded 04/07/2016 at Fort Saint Marks
Engineered and mixed by Peter Hess
Mastered by Don Godwin at Tonal Park
Cover image by Reuben Radding
Design and layout by Amy Saidens


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