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Von Freeman

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Earl Lavon Freeman jazz tenor saxophonist, originally became known for his work with the Horace Henderson Group during the Late 1940s, and Sun Ra's band in the early '50s. During that period, he also played with his musical brothers, drummer Bruz (Eldrige) Freeman and guitarist George Freeman, (with pianists including Ahmad Jamal, Andrew Hill, and Muhal Richard Abrams). Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich says, "...For technical brilliance, musical intellect, harmonic sophistication and improvisatory freedom, Von Freeman has few bebop-era peers." The Chicago Reader's Monica Kendrick adds "He changes everything he touches, mostly for the better, with his swaggering tenor tenderness." Along with his contemporaries Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin, and Clifford — the founder of the "Chicago School" of tenor players which adapted the work of Lester Young and Ben Webster, and influenced a number of players including Johnny Griffin & Clifford Jordan

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Article: Liner Notes

Francesco Crosara: Circular Motion

Read "Francesco Crosara: Circular Motion" reviewed by David Adler


"I refuse to be labeled a 'straight-ahead' player or a 'fusion' player," says Italian-born, Seattle-based pianist Francesco Crosara. It's a sentiment widely shared by jazz musicians, though they follow many different roads to get to that place. Crosara, for his part, plays both acoustic piano and Yamaha MODX-8 synthesizer on this absorbing, varied program of original ...

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Article: Profile

Lilian Terry: Forever Sisters Of The Soul - Renaissance Jazzwomen

Read "Lilian Terry: Forever Sisters Of The Soul - Renaissance Jazzwomen" reviewed by Kerilie McDowall


I was warmly accepted by a giant such as Duke Ellington during his last seven years. He chose to be my friend, demanding my annual presence during his concert tours in Europe as his “good luck charm," and as his sounding board for all the phrases he would dictate to me, to be used later in ...

Album

Everybody Say Yeah!

Label: Southport Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Peak; There Will Never Be Another You; My Scenery; It's Cha Time!; Summertime; George Burns!; Gorgeous George; Vonski; Cha Cha Blue; Manteca; Perfume; A Mother's Love; Marko; Low Funk.

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Von Freeman

Jazz Musician of the Day: Von Freeman

All About Jazz is celebrating Von Freeman's birthday today! Earl Lavon Freeman jazz tenor saxophonist, originally became known for his work with the Horace Henderson Group during the Late 1940s, and Sun Ra's band in the early '50s. During that period, he also played with his musical brothers, drummer Bruz (Eldrige) Freeman and guitarist George Freeman, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Avant Hard

Read "Avant Hard" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Mike drags Pat out of his blanket fort for close encounters with a couple heavy hitters of the avant-garde, a Chicago legend who doesn't believe in intonation, and a tribute to that legend that gets celestial from time to time. In pop matters Mike talks about a little known jazz short film from the fifties and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bill Charlap, Ron Miles & Jean Fineberg

Read "Bill Charlap, Ron Miles & Jean Fineberg" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From bandleader and musical force of nature Jean Fineberg we begin the 756th Episode of Neon Jazz with a track from her band's eponymous release followed by something from “The Godfather of Soul" and a commentary from Jean. We also delve into new music from Peter Curtis, Keith Oxman and Chris Greene. Vocalists take center stage ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Welcome, Adventures In Jazz!

Read "Welcome, Adventures In Jazz!" reviewed by Bob Osborne


The title of the new release from Daniel Carter with Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver invites the listener to “Welcome Adventure," something that the avid jazz listener should be used to. These four stalwarts of the scene break new boundaries with a fresh approach to the music. In the same vein there are also ...

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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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