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!!! 😎
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.
So happy to see a new album from this band. I've long been a fan of Mazurek and Parker's work in Tortoise, on top of the CUQ... Anyhow, if you're curious about contemporary jazz, this is a terrific place to start.
On "Painters Winter", William Parker and company explore some fascinating musical spaces, a set of songs that stretch out and expand in a way that ably demonstrates both the players' impressive skills and Parker's exceptional gifts as a composer. rikm