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Tenor saxophonist extraordinare, Fred Anderson was born in Monroe, Louisiana. In 1940, Fred migrated to Evanston, Illinois, and also lived for a time in Gary, Indiana. Making a living waiting tables, and installing carpet, Fred Anderson ho nned his skills on tenor. He cites his primary musical influences as Charlie Parker because of Bird's profound knowledge of the saxophone. In the early 1960's, Fred came in contact with more and more members of the soon-to-be-formed AACM. In 1964, he performed on what many to consider to be the first AACM concert which featured Fred, Billy Brimfield (trumpet), Joseph Jarman (woodwinds), Arth ur Reed (drums), Charles Clark (bass)

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miles Okazaki, Fred Moten, Billy Mohler & We Free Strings

Read "Miles Okazaki, Fred Moten, Billy Mohler & We Free Strings" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


New releases sampled come from guitarist Miles Okazaki & Trickster with the final piece of a trilogy, the unique ensemble We Free Strings, a powerful big band from Austria led by Barbara Bruckmüller, pianist Elias Stemeseder, bassist Billy Mohler's quartet, Swiss saxophonist Fabian Willmann, and poetry and free jazz from the trio of Fred Moten, Brandon ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Welcome To Adventure

Read "Welcome To Adventure" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There are indeed some adventuresome artists in this edition of One Man's Jazz, although I pilfered the title for the show from the title of the Welcome To Adventure Vol. 2 by Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker & Gérald Cleaver. So far, their first volume has been the best-selling album in the history of 577 ...

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Article: Album Review

George Freeman: Everybody Say Yeah!

Read "Everybody Say Yeah!" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It took a long time (much too long) for listeners to recognize the brilliance that was Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson. The New York-centric jazz cognoscenti have often overlooked talent that comes from Chicago, and artists were often drawn to The Big Apple to seek the recognition they deserved. Beginning in the '90s, though, the focal point ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake, Dennis González, Clean Feed Records & Zoh Amba

Read "Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake, Dennis González, Clean Feed Records & Zoh Amba" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


I missed the original release by Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake of their From The River To The Ocean in 2007, but I'm catching up to this brilliant piece of work. The recording has been made available again on bandcamp.com. It's one of the features of this episode, as is O Life, O Light Vol. 1 ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Parker: Forfolks

Read "Forfolks" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Guitarist/composer Jeff Parker is closely associated with indie group Tortoise and Rob Mazurek's Chicago Underground and Exploding Star Orchestra projects, but the scope of his work is extensive. The Bridgeport, Connecticut native has worked in numerous genres and technologies, and with a varied range of artists including, Joshua Redman, Nicole Mitchell, Yo La Tengo, Matana Roberts, ...

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Article: Album Review

Josh Sinton: b.

Read "b." reviewed by Troy Dostert


Baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Josh Sinton has a long resume going back to the 1990s, when he worked extensively in the Chicago scene with veterans including Fred Anderson and Ken Vandermark. Then a move to the East Coast, in the early 2000s, brought him into contact with mentors such as Ran Blake and Steve Lacy; ...

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Article: Live Review

Rinascita a Chicago: le gemme dell’etichetta International Anthem

Read "Rinascita a Chicago: le gemme dell’etichetta International Anthem" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Non è casuale che l'etichetta indipendente più innovativa nell'attuale panorama jazzistico (e non solo) sia nata e operi a Chicago. È noto infatti che la metropoli dell'Illinois è una delle capitali del jazz, avendo svolto un ruolo centrale in tutta la storia musicale afro-americana, talvolta paritetico con quello di New York. Nel 2014 ...

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Take Five with Joanie Pallatto

Read "Take Five with Joanie Pallatto" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Joanie Pallatto In February 2021, the Chicago Music Awards bestowed Joanie Pallatto with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Music Industry. Described by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune as having “a stirring and special voice," Joanie Pallatto is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. ...

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Article: Album Review

Luís Vicente / John Dikeman / William Parker / Hamid Drake: Goes Without Saying, But It's Got To Be Said

Read "Goes Without Saying, But It's Got To Be Said" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It has been more than half a century since the oracles Albert Ayler and John Coltrane proclaimed their message of freedom to the people of earth. Please excuse the grandiosity of the above statement, but after those two giants passed, a shift in consciousness began to take hold. In the biography of William Parker Universal Tonality: ...


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