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George Freeman CD Release And Listening Party At Chicago's Lange's On April 26th at 6:00pm


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The guitarist's control of pianissimo tone, meticulousness of chordal voicing and delicacy of melodic embellishment represented some of his best work of recent vintage.
—Howard Reich
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FRIDAY APRIL 26, 2019 from 6 to 9 PM
CD Release and Listening Party at Lange's!
“Meet and Greet"
George Freeman will be on hand at the bar to sign CDs!
Live Music from John Devlin!

George The Bomb! drink specials... and Cornbread!

Listen to the New SOUTHPORT CD George The Bomb! all night!

Chicago guitarist and jazz legend George Freeman explodes with his new original songs, tracing his roots back to the Blues! Special Guest Billy Branch on harp and vocals! Drummer-Percussionist Luiz Ewerling and John Devlin on bass & accordion with Joanie Pallatto- vocals and Sparrow-piano!

Guitarist George Freeman turns up the volume in his Chicago living room as he listens to George The Bomb! and he is smiling. He turns 92 on April 10, 2019. He remembers a time when Charlie Parker wouldn't go onstage without him. He is one of the few remaining living musicians who recorded with Bird (An Evening In Chicago Savoy, 1950). The music of George Freeman is not restricted to swing, blues, bop, rock or modern because George has been a living part of all of these eras.

On track #1, “George The Bomb!" harp master extraordinaire Billy Branch sends out a sound that explodes! His sly way of comping on the title track gets the groove rocking and rolling. The surprise here is when Freeman breaks into a full vocal scat! Is it jazz or is it blues? Who cares, it's hot! On track #3, “Where's The Cornbread?" George and Billy have a fun ride with their vocal conversation... “Hey Billy!"—"Yes, George..." To hear Billy Branch sing the blues standard “Help Me", track #5, while showcasing his authentic blues harp alongside Freeman's searing guitar is the breakout culmination of their collaboration.

John Devlin's accordion creates a lush canvas on track #2, “Gorgeous George"—a masterful composition from Freeman. Could this be a new “Steppers" song, with it's smooth groove? Drummer Bradley Parker-Sparrow opens track #4, “Tonto" with a moody swing groove, while Freeman delivers a strong and happy scat! Track #9, “Home Grown Tomatoes" features a vocal bluesy duet between Freeman and vocalist Joanie Pallatto. Freeman penned track #11, “Al Carter-Bey" for his lifelong friend and radio impressario.

George Freeman is a living legend and has toured and/or recorded with musical legends from Charlie Parker to Lester Young, Johnny Griffin, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Richard "Groove" Holmes, to Dinah Washington, along with his brothers Von Freeman and Bruz Freeman and his nephew Chico Freeman.

George The Bomb! features: George Freeman, electric guitar and vocals; Billy Branch, harmonica and vocals; John Devlin, 6-string electric bass, accordion and vocals; Luiz Ewerling, drums and percussion; Joanie Pallatto, vocals and Bradley Parker-Sparrow, piano.

All of the tracks are original songs by George Freeman, 2019 Porkpie Music BMI (with the exception of “Help Me" by Ralph Bass, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Willie Dixon (BMI) and “The Music Goes 'Round and Around" by Edward Farley / Michael Riley / Red Hodgson (ASCAP).

Produced by Joanie Pallatto & Bradley Parker-Sparrow
Recorded August- December 2018 at Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio, Chicago, IL
Promotions: Blujazz Records, Lampkin Music Group, Orman Music Media Group

3500 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

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