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Album Review

Ari Brown: Groove Awakening

Read "Groove Awakening" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

It is easy to think of saxophonist Ari Brown as the heir to the late, great Chicago tenorists Von Freeman and Fred Anderson but that would not be a fair assessment. Far more than a successor, Brown is the youngest and remaining member of a powerfully unique musical triumvirate. His idiosyncratic style is equally appropriate to both provocative avant-garde explorations and the laid back swagger of hard bop. On his fourth release as a leader, Groove Awakening Brown ...


Film Review

Live At The Green Mill

Read "Live At The Green Mill" reviewed by Nic Jones

Ari Brown Live At The Green Mill Delmark 2007

Ari Brown has deep-running roots and, though in the past he's been associated with the likes of Lester Bowie, the music on this DVD is more straight ahead than his association with Bowie and the AACM might imply. His band has all the hallmarks of a working unit, and Delmark's usual careful attention to both the sound and the visuals lends to the overall package ...


Film Review

Ari Brown: Live at the Green Mill

Read "Ari Brown: Live at the Green Mill" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Ari Brown Live At The Green Mill Delmark 2007

Mention the name of Ari Brown and up comes a picture of a saxophonist who is comfortable in several settings and on more than one instrument (he also plays flute and piano). He is as much at home in a free jazz mode as he is in bop and post-bop. And if there is to be a bit of soul or rhythm and ...


Album Review

Ari Brown: Live At The Green Mill

Read "Live At The Green Mill" reviewed by Mark Corroto

No need to command Ari Brown to make a joyful sound, he gladly obliges on this live date at the Green Mill in Chicago. The sixty-something saxophonist draws on the Chicago tenor tradition, along with spices from the 1960s sound of John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, and Eric Dolphy.

Starting out on the windy south side, Brown played with soul and R&B bands. It wasn't until he was a mature player that he focused mainly on jazz. For this ...


Film Review

Ari Brown: Live at the Green Mill

Read "Ari Brown: Live at the Green Mill" reviewed by John Barron

Ari Brown Live At The Green Mill Delmark 2007

After a decade since his last recording date as a leader, Chicago saxophonist Ari Brown triumphantly returns with the concert DVD Live at the Green Mill, filmed in June, 2007 at the legendary Chicago night club. The inspired set of Brown originals features his regular rhythm section of pianist--and brother--Kirk Brown, bassist Yosef Ben Israel and drummer Avreeayl Ra. Trumpeter Pharez Whitted adds ...


Album Review

Ari Brown: Venus

Read "Venus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Listening to Chicago–based saxophonist Ari Brown’s second Delmark release, I am reminded of the oft–quoted refrain about the little girl who, when she was good was very, very good, but when she was bad . . . well, you know the rest. To those who prefer their Jazz straight–up, as I do, I can wholly recommend about half of this session (more specifically, tracks 1, 4, 5 and 7) with the vibrant opener, dedicated to pianist Willie Pickens, receiving an ...


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