229

Fred Anderson Quartet: Live at the Velvet Lounge Volume III

Jeff Stockton By

Sign in to view read count
Fred Anderson Quartet: Live at the Velvet Lounge Volume III Fred Anderson's sound on tenor can be heard in his stance. With his horn hung on a harness that looks like something a moving man would wear as he prepares to hoist a TV, Anderson bends his knees and hunches over as if muscle more than breath is needed to lift the notes into the air. He doesn't double on other instruments. His improvising vocabulary is drawn from a series of exercises he's developed over the decades and keeps in a notebook. At the age of 80, Anderson is old school by definition, but his workmanlike approach and artistic honesty have made him a vital and creative force on the free jazz scene.

Anderson's recording career began to flourish in the late '90s, most of it resulting from gigs at the club he owns in Chicago, the Velvet Lounge. The Velvet is Anderson's home turf and sanctuary for free jazz veterans and up-and-comers alike. Live at the Velvet Lounge Volume III is a collaboration with another organization with a do-it-yourself ethos, the Asian Improv Arts Group, and documents a performance from the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival in 2007. Playing with Anderson are the Arts Group's cofounder and tenor saxophonist Francis Wong and the longtime Anderson sidemen Tatsu Aoki (bass) and Chad Taylor (drums).

On second saxophone, Wong sounds like an Anderson student, his lines just a little bit less weighty than the mentor's but equally well-thought-out and coherent, seamlessly complementing Anderson's lead. Aoki's tone on the upright bass is fat and resonant while Taylor is controlled and authoritative behind the drum kit. The band supports Anderson, but his unadorned and deliberate style allows the rhythm section to supply the flourishes as they change tempos and timbres. It's as if the horns take the musical cues, rather than supply them. When this band locks into one of its beefy grooves, the effect of the give-and-take among the four parts can be dizzying.


Track Listing: Andersonville; Acceleration; Beyond the Bridge; Positive Changes; Best Time of Life; Discreet Indentifier.

Personnel: Fred Anderson: tenor saxophone; Francis Wong: tenor saxophone; Tatsu Aoki: bass; Chad Taylor: drums.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Asian Improv Records | Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


Shop

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "B'shnorkestra: Global Concertos" CD/LP/Track Review B'shnorkestra: Global Concertos
by Paul Rauch
Published: October 27, 2016
Read "The Outlier" CD/LP/Track Review The Outlier
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 16, 2016
Read "Traffic" CD/LP/Track Review Traffic
by Dave Wayne
Published: September 8, 2016
Read "Wild About You" CD/LP/Track Review Wild About You
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 2, 2016
Read "Spark" CD/LP/Track Review Spark
by Jeff Winbush
Published: April 1, 2016
Read "Duo" CD/LP/Track Review Duo
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: June 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!