Fred Anderson

Genres: Jazz
Tags: free jazz jazz chicago saxophone aacm avant-garde avant-garde jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 March 1929, Monroe, Louisiana, USA. Resident in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago, since the age of 10, the self-taught Anderson was known locally as an ‘outside’ tenor saxophonist, his gruff, vigorous style mixing the lyricism and power of bebop with the more experimental approach of Ornette Coleman. In the mid-60s he was a founder member of the AACM, recording on Joseph Jarman’s Song For (which included Anderson’s composition ‘Little Fox Run’). A family man, he was obliged to work a day job as a carpet-fitter but remained associated with the AACM, nurturing a younger generation of talents such as Douglas Ewart and George Lewis in his regular group. In 1977 Anderson visited Europe, recording with the trio Neighbours, and in 1978 he recorded Another Place at the Moers Festival in Germany. Basically still a home man, he made two further albums in Chicago and took over a Southside club, the Velvet Lounge, which he continues to...

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