2nd June 2006
Seán Hession is coolness personified. He's sitting over a mid-morning coffee and fielding calls about CD cover notes, gigs and publicity.
He should have his new CD in his hands but it is delayed. He's required to do a gig this Friday at short notice - and then there is the small matter of another one of his epic Hession Session gigs at the National Concert Hall later this month!
Sean’s latest CD, "Get Out of Town, The Hession Session, Volume 2, trawls the vast American Songbook as recorded by Frank Sinatra. But here you will find some hidden gems wonderfully interpreted by Hession in big band, quartet and duo mode.
Hession believes that in all departments - musicianship, arrangements, production - it's a step up from his previous work.
Having had a sneak preview of the new record, it's clear that Hession, who is one of our most talented vocalists, is not bragging.
There is a joyousness about the playing that suggest that this was a labour of love. It helps, of course, when you have the country's best musicians to help the whole project move along smoothly, like Louis Stewart, Jim Doherty, Honor Heffernan, Michael Buckley, Brendan Doyle and arranger Dave Gold.
I have had the pleasure of catching Hession's latest masterpiece. You may have to wait slightly longer. But the album will be available by the time he takes his big band and special guests back to the NCH on June 15 where he will showcase much of the new material and many old favourites.
Tickets (priced from €25) are currently available from the NCH to catch one of our national treasures.