21st Century Chase: 80th Birthday Bash, Live at the Velvet Lounge

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
To achieve the age of 80 is an accomplishment. To achieve the age of 80 as a saxophone player, still at the top of the game, is something else again. In March of 2009, Chicago legend Fred Anderson finished up a week of celebration in honor of his 80th at his own Velvet Lounge with this special quintet, and Delmark records was there to record it. Fred was joined by longtime bassist Harrison Bankhead, Chad Taylor on drums Hamid Drake was unable to get back to Chicago in time, Jeff Parker on guitar, and the mighty Kidd Jordan also on tenor sax. All these players have a history with Fred, going back more than a decade in most cases. This is cooperative music making at its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
To achieve the age of 80 is an accomplishment. To achieve the age of 80 as a saxophone player, still at the top of the game, is something else again. In March of 2009, Chicago legend Fred Anderson finished up a week of celebration in honor of his 80th at his own Velvet Lounge with this special quintet, and Delmark records was there to record it. Fred was joined by longtime bassist Harrison Bankhead, Chad Taylor on drums Hamid Drake was unable to get back to Chicago in time, Jeff Parker on guitar, and the mighty Kidd Jordan also on tenor sax. All these players have a history with Fred, going back more than a decade in most cases. This is cooperative music making at its best. Each tune is a journey, as different players assert the lead and pull the other players along into new territory. Taylor and Bankhead are such a sympathetic rhythm section, knowing exactly when to lay back and when to push Taylor's rim work on the first track, and Bankhead's bowed harmonics on the second are worth noting. Jeff Parker sticks to a mostly supportive role but has some really nice contributions, getting skronky in conversation with Kidd then adopting more of a bop stance at one point with Fred. But the night really belongs to the two tenors: Fred, with his huge, burly tone, and Kidd's unsurpassed abilities at the upper end of the horn's range make for some exciting music making. These guys are perfect foils because their styles are so complementary. Forget the fact that they're both seniors, there's still plenty of fire coming out of those horns. Yes, this is free jazz, but much of it is supremely melodic which is not to say there aren't some hairy moments. Fred Anderson has been a Chicago treasure as both player and mentor for decades he co-founded the AACM, if you didn't know. Delmark Records' Bob Koester is equally revered for documenting the Chicago sound in both jazz and blues for more than 50 years. 21st Century Chase is another high mark for both. Terrific stuff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153058920
  • Catalog Number: 589
  • Sales rank: 342,418

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Anderson Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Harrison Bankhead Bass
Jeff Parker Guitar
Kidd Jordan Tenor Saxophone
Chad Taylor Drums
Technical Credits
Fred Anderson Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Steve Wagner Producer, Engineer, Mastering
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