Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens explore the boundaries between composition and improvisation. Jackson, saxophonist and principal composer, formed the Chicago group in 2003. "...Jackson's marbled tone expresses a lovely lyricism no matter how brusque or serrated his lines get." -Chicago Reader. In 2004 Fast Citizens held a residency at Chicago's famous club the Hideout, where the group developed a formidable cohesiveness. Their music has broadened, even redefined the idea of a "cooperative" band. The group includes saxophonist Aram Shelton & cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, who also compose, and cornetist Josh Berman, drummer Frank Rosaly & bassist Anton Hatwich. Berman, Jackson & Rosaly are also members of the Chicago Luzern Exchange, whose 2005 release Several Lights (Delmark 561) received great critical and audience acclaim.

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