- Released: May 9, 2000
- Label: Unheard
Alternative Press - 10/00, p.824 out of 5
- "...A tidal wave of music, unstoppable, brilliant and inspirational."
Down Beat - 11/00, p.664 stars out of 5
- "...Anderson plays with a lot of feeling on this date....His long, robust solos sound particularly attentive to rhythm on this occasion..."
JazzTimes - 12/00, p.104
"...Fine varied and impressive compositions....trumpeter Billy Brimfield plays superbly....His articulation is crisp and clean....Anderson's got a hard, penetrating tine that works well with his angular lines..."
- 1.A Ballad for Rita
- 2.The Bull
- 3.Black Woman
- 4.Bombay (Children of Combodia)
- 5.Planet E
Personnel: Fred Anderson (tenor saxophone); Billy Brimfield (trumpet); Larry Hayrod (bass); Hamid Drake (drums, tablas).
Recorded live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1980. Includes liner notes by John Corbett.
Digitally remastered by Mike Hagler (January 2000, King Size Sound Labs).
This is part of Atavistic's Unheard Music Series.
Personnel: Fred Anderson (tenor saxophone); Billy Brimfield (trumpet); Hamid Drake (drums, tabla).
Audio Mixers: Fred Anderson ; Hamid Drake; Mike Hagler.
Liner Note Author: John Corbett .
Recording information: Milwaukee (1980).
Photographer: Jimmy Jones Jr. .
Tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson has long been a fixture of Chicago's cutting-edge jazz scene. He's a founding member of that city's hugely influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Anderson is something of a rarity. Though he absorbed the advances of Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler, he has always been firmly grounded in the mainstream, blues-rich sounds of Sonny Rollins and especially Gene Ammons.
Anderson doesn't have many recordings, and that makes THE MILWAUKEE TAPES doubly valuable. Recorded live in 1980, this stark but well-recorded set finds Anderson and company stretching out on five lengthy pieces that balance wild yet focused improvisation with engaging rhythmic and melodic ideas. Highlights are the pensive, Indian-tinged "Bombay" and the punchy, Rollins-esque "Planet E." On the later, trumpet player Billy Brimfield shines, his solo combining the bristling crackle of Freddie Hubbard and the questing, wide-open quality of Don Cherry. Anderson's hearty tenor swings and shouts mightily throughout.