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Fred Anderson: Back at the Velvet Lounge

Read "Back at the Velvet Lounge" reviewed by Rex  Butters

At 74, Fred Anderson reasserts his royalty on the tenor saxophone with Back at the Velvet Lounge recorded live at Anderson's club. If anyone plays free-bop, it's Anderson. With Anderson, an athletic technique marries a fountain of melody. While Fred's more closely associated with the avant-garde, Johnny Griffin and Gene Ammons look over his shoulder now ...

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Fred Anderson: Back at the Velvet Lounge

Read "Back at the Velvet Lounge" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Certain musicians are dependable. Their very names on an album cover suggest an immediate indication of what's in store for the listener with near certainty. Sometimes, though, dependability can be detrimental. Occasionally a musician can fall into a rut of repetition, treading the same trails until once fertile soil becomes trampled and stale. Fred Anderson, one ...