1. Innocence is Bliss
2. Free to Drive
3. County E
4. The Spirit of '96
All compositions by Chris Madsen
Chris Madsen - tenor saxophone
Brandon Lee - trumpet (5)
Adam Birnbaum - piano
Yasushi Nakamura - bass (1,2,3,6)
Ivan Taylor - bass (4,5)
Jeremy Noller -drums (1,2,3,6)
Marion Felder - drums (4,5)
"Hidden is one of those mainstream discs that reminds us that there really is life and originality in accessible jazz. Chris Madsen, an extremely talented composer, makes the flow of each track continually surprising. He is also a deep thinking soloist who refuses to go for the easy lick..."
"This new recording by Chris Madsen is an aural delight. Beautifully conceived compositions,beautifully executed playing by all involved.
Having known Chris for about 8 years or so, I've seen him grow as a composer, arranger and saxophonist. There's a maturity in the sound of his horn, the colors and sonorities of his tunes that bring back the sounds of the giants in this music. That's not to say that he's not looking ahead, because in the words of Dizzy Gillespie, " You have to have one foot in the past, and one in the future". Chris accomplishes this. He's well on his way to establishing himself as a superb player and composer with this recording. Highly recommended!"
-Mark Colby, Chicago saxophone legend