|Genres:||Documentaries Jazz Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||jazz saxophone free jazz aacm loft jazz|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Earl Lavon Freeman Jnr., 17 July 1949, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Freeman started out playing trumpet but while at university switched to tenor saxophone, the instrument played by his father Von Freeman. After university, where he studied music education, he played in R&B bands, before changing direction and working with Muhal Richard Abrams and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). In the mid-to late 70s he continued his studies, meanwhile working with many leading contemporary jazz artists, including Elvin Jones, Sun Ra and Don Pullen. In the early 80s he recorded Freeman & Freeman with his father, toured as leader of his own small group, and also appeared with Wynton Marsalis, Cecil McBee, Jack DeJohnette and others. Interestingly, Freemans striking playing style blends the post-Coltrane tradition of long angular lines with the rougher-toned urgency of his R&B schooling into a sound which is identifiably his own. The...