by James Taylor
Frequency's story is as much about the players as the music. The group is made up of former 8 Bold Soul members Harrison Bankhead and Edward Wilkerson, Sun Ra collaborator Avreeayl Ra, and Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) co-president Nicole Mitchell--Chicago jazz luminaries with substantial pedigrees.
The group's eponymous release for the Chicago indie Thrill Jockey label is a challenging debut. At times the band doesn't seem to set itself apart from other AACM outfits led by ...read more
by Troy Collins
Frequency is the self-titled debut of a Chicago-based avant-garde jazz supergroup that spans multiple generations. Combining written material and free improvisation in equal measure, this ensemble eschews stylistic boundaries. Building upon a deep AACM heritage, Frequency makes Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future" more than just a slogan.
Multi-instrumentalist Edward Wilkerson makes a rare appearance outside of his flagship ensemble, 8 Bold Souls, as a collaborative member of this group. Brash and tough but also tender and ...read more