Chicago is known as a jazz city that carries on the tough tenor tradition. The blues feeling was always an important element for the great tenor sax players like Gene Ammons, Von Freeman, Eddie Johnson, Red Holloway and now that they are all gone it's Ari Brown that is the leading torch bearer. The album contains three dedications: "One For Ken" is for Chicago jazz pianist Ken Chaney who passed recently, "Give Thanks (Song For Gerri)" is for Ari's mother-in-law, who made her transition after the main recording for this album was complete and "Freebop For Mal" is dedicated to the late Delmark artist Malachi Thompson. On this, his fourth Delmark album, Ari is accompanied by brother Kirk Brown, piano; Yosef Ben Israel, bass; Avreeayl Ra, drums; and Dr. Cuz, percussion. Also available; Ultimate Frontier (486); Venus (504) and Live at the Green Mill (577, DVD 1577).




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