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Live Volume V

by Fred Anderson Quartet

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Rick Mathis
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Rick Mathis Loving this new release from FPE Records! Fred Anderson was one of the pivotal members of Chicago's fabled AACM and contributed to many of the most important albums to come out of that city in the 60's and 70's. He continued to produce exciting, creative music until his passing. This live recording from 1994 catches him in excellent form along with bandmates Hamid Drake, Tatsu Aoki and trumpeter extraordinaire Toshinori Kondo! Many thanks to FME for bringing this superb recording to light!!! 😎
World of Echo
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World of Echo This is some Miles-level dark voodoo rundown (and not just because of the trumpet with effects pedals) mixed with free jazz.
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Era of Rocks 15:57


The Velvet Lounge was a door that Fred Anderson opened continuously for decades, an access point through which the human soul could enter and explore the organization and chaos of the cosmos. Through this door the spirits outside also came into our little system. When the exchanges happened, it made a sound of joy, like el: those of us who weren't there are lucky that recording devices were. It's a generation removed and still we can feel their presence from the record.

Tatsu Aoki and Hamid Drake played frequently with Fred at the Velvet throughout the 90s, wearing smooth the handle of that door. One night in December of 1994, their guest navigator was trumpeter Toshinori Kondo. The quartet screams at the start, rests beneath a tum-tum tree, picks their way over rocky shoals and sandbars, freaks out. Like a mind, flowing through a door, to a shore, three long tracks.

Clarence Bright the bartender recorded the trip on a Tascam DAT recorder. Tatsu kept it two decades on a CD transfer. The CDr skipped badly and they had to use fancy software to extract the audio. Here it is. Trip way out with it.


released December 13, 2019

Fred Anderson: tenor sax
Hamid Drake: drums
Tatsu Aoki: bass
Toshinori Kondo: trumpet, electronics

Executive Producer: Tatsu Aoki, Hamid Drake
Associate Producer: Matt Pakulski
Recorded at the Velvet Lounge, Chicago, Ill., U.S.A., December 1994
Recording: Clarence Bright
Archival Mastering: Caleb Willitz

Graphic design: Al Brandtner
Historic Velvet Lounge photos courtesy of Andy Pierce

Thanks to: Bob Weston, Andrew Nicolaou, Chicago Mastering Service, Asian Improv aRts Midwest, Asian Improv Records, Caleb Willitz, Al Brandtner

This is FPE Records #26, 2019


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