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Ain't Nothin' in Chicago for a Monkey Bastard to Do

Read "Ain't Nothin' in Chicago for a Monkey Bastard to Do" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Mike is from the Chicago-land area, Pat spent his salad days in Hyde Park--maybe the bastards are a bit biased, but they love talking about the Windy City. It doesn't hurt that it has a long, noble, somewhat left-of-center history concerning jazz. Anyway, this time they explore the work of a couple of tenor titans, little-known outside of the Midwest, along with an out-jazz supergroup and a jazz vocalist who is very well-known indeed. Quick look-ins at Father John Misty's ...

INTERVIEW

Fred Anderson: On the Run

Read "Fred Anderson: On the Run" reviewed by Lazaro Vega

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in August 2002 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material. The Roscoe Mitchell Quintet with special guest Fred Anderson played a successful benefit concert for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The quintet's performance, with Mitchell on sopranino and alto saxophones plus the C flute, Fred Anderson tenor saxophone, Craig Taborn, piano, Harrison Bankhead, bass, and Vincent Davis, ...

BOOK REVIEW

The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz

Read "The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz Gerald Majer 224 pages ISBN: #023113682X Columbia University Press 2005 Three men sit around a table in a restaurant that--for one night a week--masquerades as a jazz club. The dinner plates have been cleared, and we're waiting to settle the check. On the other side of a divider, the musicians are getting ready for the night's opening set. The service is slow so there's time ...

MUSIC AND THE CREATIVE SPIRIT

Fred Anderson: In Loving Memory....

Read "Fred Anderson: In Loving Memory...." reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

I had the opportunity to interview with Fred Anderson on several occasions. In each instance I walked away with the feeling that I was a better person for the time I spent with him. It was his wisdom, his generosity of spirit, his knowingness that our time here on this planet was short at best, and his humble appreciation to have been able to play music during this lifetime.He had a gentle soul that was much larger than ...

PROFILE

Fred Anderson: 1929-2010

Read "Fred Anderson: 1929-2010" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

There aren't many artists with so singular a vision as that of late Fred Anderson, who died June 24 at the age of 81. There are fewer to be certain if the list is restricted to members of that exalted and nebulous class called “masters." It's a word that, in jazz, gets thrown around a little too casually. A master composer might excel at writing for string quartet as well as symphony. A master musician might be fluent in a ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Fred Anderson: Black Horn Long Gone

Read "Black Horn Long Gone" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Fred Anderson is one of today's most powerful and singular saxophonists. Recorded in 1993, this trio (with bassist Malachi Favors and drummer Ajaramu--aka AJ Shelton--who have both since passed away) flies blissfully to new heights for piano-less sax trios. To call Anderson a member of the free jazz movement produces an incomplete picture. His technical facility and penchant for swinging is more influenced by Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Even an unaccompanied solo homage, “Ode To Clifford Jordan," ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Fred Anderson: Birthday Live 2000 and 21st Century Chase

Read "Fred Anderson: Birthday Live 2000 and 21st Century Chase" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Fred Anderson Trio Birthday Live 2000 Asian Improv 2009 Fred Anderson 21st Century Chase Delmark 2009

Of all the players who have come through Fred Anderson's training ground in Chicago, none has been more closely identified with him than drummer Hamid Drake. But as demand for Drake's services has ...


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