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George Freeman/Chico Freeman: All In The Family

Read "All In The Family" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are few things more quintessentially “Chicago" in jazz than the Freeman family. Tenor titan Von Freeman ruled the roost in The Windy City decade after decade until his death in 2012; his brother, George Freeman, played with everybody from saxophonist Charlie Parker to organist Shirley Scott; his other brother, the late Eldridge “Bruz" Freeman, was ...

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A CD Label That Plays to Sounds of Chicago

When the pianist Bradley Parker released his first LP in 1979, he went to the Chicago Tattooing and Piercing Company parlor on Belmont Avenue and had the album title, “Latin Black," inked across his left forearm. This was novel among artists in the '80s, when tattoos belonged primarily to sailors and biker gangs. Mr. Parker—also known as ...

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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 ...

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The Miyumi Project: re: Rooted

Read "re: Rooted" reviewed by Jim Santella

Double bassist Tatsu Aoki leads this avant-garde ensemble in a program of creative improvised music that reflects the roots of Asian/American jazz. The instrumental timbres that he's chosen to augment this saxophone and percussion ensemble provide distinctive colors. Aoki's big, booming bass leads the way while huge taiko drums manage the session's rhythmic foundation.

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Bradley Parker-Sparrow: Shut Eye

Read "Shut Eye" reviewed by Jim Santella

Bradley Parker-Sparrow's music for the film Shut Eye provides the kind of emotion that enhances each scene appropriately: moody blues and seamless shadows, along with an energetic drive to support the film's characters. With vocalist Joanie Pallatto and trumpeter Bobby Lewis, he creates a dark, mysterious framework. Sparrow's piano gently caresses each melody when the scene ...

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Harold Fethe: Out of Nowhere

Read "Out of Nowhere" reviewed by Jim Santella

Swing is the thing on this debut session from guitarist Harold Fethe. As one who's never lost his love for the Great American Songbook and its lyrical surprises, he's at home with his musical partners on this date: Johnny Frigo (violin), Joe Vito (piano, acoordion) and Jim Cox (bass). Together, they have a good time celebrating ...

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Bobby Lewis: Instant Groove

Read "Instant Groove" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Bobby Lewis' recurring theme in speaking about the music here is of the “instant groove. Lewis is right in drawing attention to the idea, for that groove is not a myth. To bring it home all the more conclusively, Lewis uses various lineups and gives these compositions their due, all of which makes for a recording ...

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Bobby Schiff: Late Game

Read "Late Game" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Bobby Schiff made this debut as a leader at sixty, after having played on several projects for other musicians over the years. Late Game also gave him the opportunity to play with Stewart Miller and Chuck Christiansen, with whom he has a warm empathy, and to open up his love for Brazilian music and strings. He ...

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George Flynn & Katherine Hughes: Together

Read "Together" reviewed by Jim Santella

On this aptly titled disc, the chamber music duo of George Flynn and Katherine Hughes provides its audience with an hour of melodramatic adventure. Moods change, the pace runs through varying climates, and both instrumentalists interpret with clarity. The three suites were recorded in Chicago: in 1992, 1995 and 2005. Flynn and Hughes' lasting musical relationship ...

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Willie Pickens: JazzSpirit, Volumes 1 & 2

Read "JazzSpirit, Volumes 1 & 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto

My neighbor, one of those “born again" types, told me that Jesus hates jazz. I asked her which Jesus she was referring to. When I received no response, I suggested to her it might be the neo-con Jesus who, quite frankly, can't dance.

After a bit of research, I've found there are multiple Jesuses ...