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Von FreemanDoin' It Right Now ... CD
Atlantic/Koch, 1972. Used ... $14.99 19.99
A classic "discovery" of tenor saxophonist Von Freeman – one that was already relatively late in his career, but a key appearance on Atlantic under the auspices of Roland Kirk! The setting here is as loose and laidback as Von needs to really do his thing – backing by a trio that features fellow Chicagoan John Young on piano, plus Sam Jones on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums – all hanging back nicely to let Freeman dominate the set on tenor. The album's noteworthy for its inclusion of a few original tunes by Von – "White Sand", "Portrait Of John Young", "Doin It Right Now", "Brother George", and "Catnap" – all of which mark a nice contrast from some of the more traditional standards that show up on other Freeman albums of the 70s. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Von FreemanImprovisor ... CD
Premonition, 2002. Used ... $7.99
Von Freeman the way we like to hear him – live! Although Von's recorded output has been quite low until recent years, the fantastic tenorist has been playing around Chicago for the past 50 years – working in regular gigs that are still some of the best shows you could ever hope to catch in this city. The CD features tracks from two of Von's regular haunts – shows at the Green Mill and New Apartment Lounge – both of which have him working with strong regular players, in a very comfortable lineup that really lets him open up and show the kind of magic that only he can craft in this sort of setting. One track is also recorded at the Chicago Cultural Center. Jason Moran plays piano on two tracks. Titles include "If I Should Lose You", "Ski Wee", "Darn That Dream", "Blue Bossa", and "I Like The Sunrise". CD
(Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Von FreemanVon Freeman's 75th Birthday Celebration ... CD
Half Note, 1998. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Von Freeman and Chico Freeman on saxophone, George Cables on piano, Santi DeBriano on bass, and Gene Jackson on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Von FreemanVonski Speaks – Jazzfest Berlin 2002 ... CD
Nessa, 2002. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
One of the most compelling Von Freeman recordings we've ever heard – and one of the few to actually capture the real performance presence of the legendary Chicago tenorist! The date was recorded in Berlin, but it's got a homegrown feel that takes us right back to Von's famous Tuesday night gig at the New Apartment lounge – with lots of long, creative blowing, and some compelling patter between a few tracks, really showing Freeman's ability to win over a crowd. But even without the patter, the tenor work is enough – beautifully sharp and clear, with a rich combination of tenor modes that stretches back to the 50s scene from which Von rose, though later generations of Windy City giants – kind of a tangle of John Gilmore, Clifford Jordan, Gene Ammons, and Johnny Griffin all wound up beautifully together – but at a level that shows that Freeman should have easily topped that legacy too. Players include Mike Allemana on guitar, Jack Zara on bass, and Michael Raynor on drums – and titles include "Vonski Speaks", "Summertime", "Darn That Dream", and "Blues For Sunnyland". CD

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Dexter Gordon, Red Rodney, Von Freeman, et alCharlie Parker Memorial Concert ... LP
Cadet, 1970. Near Mint- 2LP ... $14.99
In Chicago, the cult of Bird fanatics probably lived harder than in other cities – and in the few decades after Charlie Parker's death, the city was host to annual Bird Memorial concerts during the month of August. This obscure 2LP set on Cadet does a good job of documenting the energy and comraderie that went into those sessions – as it captures tunes from four different performances during the series, all recorded at Chicago's North Park Hotel. Players include Dexter Gordon, Howard McGhee, Vi Redd, Lee Konitz, Art Hoyle, Von Freeman, Jodie Christian, Roy Haynes, Muhal Richard Abrams, Eddie Jefferson, and Kenny Dorham – and the set's a great crossection of players – from the bop to the less obvious Parker-philes – in a strong illustration of Bird's still-consistent influence even at the end of the 60s. Titles include "Ornithology", "Yardbird Suite", "Disappointed", "Parker's Mood", "Now's The Time", and "Billie's Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing in a non-gatefold cover, with a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Yusef Lateef & Von FreemanTenors Of Yusef Lateef & Von Freeman ... CD
Yal, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two legendary tenorists, coming together here for a really beautiful little record – one that's recorded on the Chicago home turf of Von Freeman, and which really shows off the versatility of Yusef Lateef during these years! The record's one of the straightest jazz outings that Lateef recorded during the 90s – and it's a beautiful reminder of the strongly soulful sounds he gave us on tenor during his early career – matched here with Von's always-wonderful sense of phrasing, which seems to have even more of an edge in the company of Yusef. The group also features the great John Young on piano – an overlooked Chicago legend who provides these beautiful chords as a backdrop to the solos – and the rest of the group includes John Whitfield on bass and Terry Morrissette on drums. Titles include "Windy City", "South Side", "Swing Lee", "Ike Day", "King Kolax", and "Freddie Webster". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Von FreemanHave No Fear (plus bonus track) ... CD
Nessa, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best studio albums ever from the legendary Von Freeman – and a date that really captures some of the careful essence of his live performances in Chicago! Unlike the previous Atlantic album, which tried to fit Von into a more expected bag, this easygoing Nessa session really lets him open up and take off – blowing tunes that are straight ahead, but always with that offbeat style that turns the songs inside out – making them rich exploratory fields for inventive and creative solos! The group fits Von's longtime credo of never upstaging the leader – which gives his tenor lots of room to blow – and players include John Young on piano , David Shipp on bass, and the great Wilbur Campbell on drums. Titles include a great version of Mancini's "Mr Lucky", plus "Swinging The Blues", "Polka Dots And Moonbeams", and "Have No Fear Soul Is Here". This great Nessa CD version has a killer bonus track, too – the Freeman-composed "Boomerang". CD
 
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Mike AllemanaVonology ... CD
Ears & Eyes, 2022. New Copy ... $9.99 12.99
A wonderfully surprising effort from guitarist Mike Allemana – a secret hero of ours in the Chicago jazz scene for many years – as a player who first worked with tenor giant Von Freeman, and later with guitarist George Freeman – and who's gone on to be both a supporter of and champion for their rights in jazz history! Here, Mike pays tribute to his first mentor – but with a sophisticated suite of tracks that's unlike anything we might have expected – beautifully rich sounds delivered by Allemana on guitar, Victor Garcia on trumpet, Greg Ward on alto, Geof Bradfield on tenor, Tomeka Reid on cello, Kendall Moore on trombone, Matt Ferguson on bass, and Michael Raynor on drums – the last of whom also played with Von Freeman too! The vibe is very different than the small combo jazz of the south side scene where the Freemans and Allemana regularly played – more painterly in sound, with these vibrant strokes of color and tone that paint a wonderful portrait – on titles that include "The Mediator", "Welcome Enter", "Communion & Renewal", "Libra Channeling", and "The Mentor's Benediction". CD
Also available Vonology (with download) ... LP 20.99

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Mike AllemanaVonology (with download) ... LP
Ears & Eyes, 2022. New Copy ... $20.99 25.00
A wonderfully surprising effort from guitarist Mike Allemana – a secret hero of ours in the Chicago jazz scene for many years – as a player who first worked with tenor giant Von Freeman, and later with guitarist George Freeman – and who's gone on to be both a supporter of and champion for their rights in jazz history! Here, Mike pays tribute to his first mentor – but with a sophisticated suite of tracks that's unlike anything we might have expected – beautifully rich sounds delivered by Allemana on guitar, Victor Garcia on trumpet, Greg Ward on alto, Geof Bradfield on tenor, Tomeka Reid on cello, Kendall Moore on trombone, Matt Ferguson on bass, and Michael Raynor on drums – the last of whom also played with Von Freeman too! The vibe is very different than the small combo jazz of the south side scene where the Freemans and Allemana regularly played – more painterly in sound, with these vibrant strokes of color and tone that paint a wonderful portrait – on titles that include "The Mediator", "Welcome Enter", "Communion & Renewal", "Libra Channeling", and "The Mentor's Benediction". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Vonology ... CD 9.99

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Alyssa AllgoodWhat Tomorrow Brings ... CD
Cellar Live, 2020. Used ... $7.99
Recorded in Chicago, with guitar work from Mike Allemana – Von Freeman's old musical partner! CD

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✨✧ Andrew HillSmokestack ... CD
Blue Note, Mid 60s. Used ... $14.99
A fantastic session by this groundbreaking modernist – essentially a piano trio album, but recorded with two bass players – Richard Davis and Eddie Kahn – one of whom plays rhythm, the other who solos along with Hill – which makes for a really amazing sound – especially when you realize that the great Roy Haynes is on drums! The result is one of Hill's darkest piano outings, brought even deeper by the bass accompaniment, and the lack of any other horns to support the set – the kind of standout session that somehow made every one of his Blue Note albums so distinct from each other – even though they are so fantastic when considered as a whole – a key moment in jazz during the 60s. The album includes Hill's brilliant "Ode to Von", dedicated to Von Freeman, one of his early teachers – plus the tracks "Verne", "Not So", "Wailing Wall", and "The Day After". CD
(Out of print Blue Note Connoisseur Series edition. Includes original obi and is still sealed! Booklet cover has a promo sticker and the barcode has a cutout mark.)

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Mike Reed, edCity Was Yellow – Chicago Jazz & Improvised Music 1980-2010 ... Book
Mike Reed, 2019. New Copy ... $28.99 35.00
A beautiful book on the Chicago jazz scene, and the things that make it really special – not the Windy City world of years back – when Ramsey Lewis and other big names were dominating things – but Chicago in more recent years, when the city has been a non-stop hotbed of continuous creative activity! Musician Mike Reed is the guiding force here – himself a key part of the growth of the past decade or two – and the presentation is very unique, with a short essay on a key musician, accompanied by a photo, then also a piece of music by the artist – transcribed on full sheet music, scoring a key contribution – in a way that makes the large volume both a history book and a book of sheet music as well. Entries are by key critical forces on the Chicago scene – John Corbett, Peter Margasak, John Litweiler, Neil Tesser, and others – and the presentation is as beautiful as the sounds it seeks to document. Entries include sections on Nicole Mitchell, Jason Adasiewicz, Ken Vandermark, Jeff Parker, Von Freeman, Mantana Roberts, Willie Pickens, and many others – and the book is oversize, 154 pages, softcover, and in two-tone color throughout. Book

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✨✧ Andrew HillSmokestack (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic session by this groundbreaking modernist – essentially a piano trio album, but recorded with two bass players – Richard Davis and Eddie Kahn – one of whom plays rhythm, the other who solos along with Hill – which makes for a really amazing sound – especially when you realize that the great Roy Haynes is on drums! The result is one of Hill's darkest piano outings, brought even deeper by the bass accompaniment, and the lack of any other horns to support the set – the kind of standout session that somehow made every one of his Blue Note albums so distinct from each other – even though they are so fantastic when considered as a whole – a key moment in jazz during the 60s. The album includes Hill's brilliant "Ode to Von", dedicated to Von Freeman, one of his early teachers – plus the tracks "Verne", "Not So", "Wailing Wall", and "The Day After". CD features 4 bonus alternate takes too! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Smokestack ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Fred Anderson QuartetBirdhouse ... CD
Okka Disk, 1996. Used ... Out Of Stock
The first new studio recording by tenorist Fred Anderson since 1980 – and a set that shows just how much he'd grown in the intervening years! Here, Fred's newly alive with a younger Chicago group – a great quartet with Jim Baker on piano, Harrison Baker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – all players openly fluid to move with Anderson from swinging passages to freer ones – a beautiful balance of soul and experimentation, captured in a way that maybe links Fred more closely to Von Freeman than any other record in his career – yet which still captures all the AACM vitality in his music too. Titles include "Birdhouse", "Bernice", "Like Sonny", and "Waiting For Me". CD

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✨✧ Fred Anderson QuartetBirdhouse ... CD
Okka Disk, 1996. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first new studio recording by tenorist Fred Anderson since 1980 – and a set that shows just how much he'd grown in the intervening years! Here, Fred's newly alive with a younger Chicago group – a great quartet with Jim Baker on piano, Harrison Baker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – all players openly fluid to move with Anderson from swinging passages to freer ones – a beautiful balance of soul and experimentation, captured in a way that maybe links Fred more closely to Von Freeman than any other record in his career – yet which still captures all the AACM vitality in his music too. Titles include "Birdhouse", "Bernice", "Like Sonny", and "Waiting For Me". CD

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✨✧ Strata InstituteTransmigration ... CD
DIW, 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
Easily one of the best M-Base related sessions for DIW from the early 90s – and certainly one that's the most free from the dated touches of the others! The real strength here is the strong saxophone work – done by Von Freeman on tenor, and both Steve Coleman and Greg Osby on alto – coming together with the guitar of David Gilmore, bass of Kenny Davis, and drums of Marvin Smitty Smith – all in a setting that offers plenty of bite on the reeds! The presence of Freeman is quite unusual for a date like this, and he really deepens the sound by sometimes holding back from the too-angular rhythms of the rest of the group – almost (if we dare) a sense of Chicago soul to cut through the too-arty New York inclinations of the rest of the group! Titles include "Khan", "Mr Lucky", "3 Against 2", "It's You", and "Thebes". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Buck HillBuck Hill Plays Europe ... CD
Turning Point/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the strongest album ever recorded by Buck Hill – a tenorist who was mostly relegated to work on the DC scene during his key years, but who also cut this fantastic set overseas! Buck is one of the great local under-discovered players of his generation – like Von Freeman in Chicago, a saxophonist who would have been huge had he moved to New York – but who instead was a very powerful part of the scene in his home city of Washington. Buck blows tenor with a wonderful range of tones and expressions here – in the company of a quartet with Mark Cohen on piano, Tommy Cecil on bass, and the great Hugh Walker on drums – another one of our favorite players who doesn't always get his due. Titles include "Half Pass", "Lullaby Of Loosdrecht", "Total Beauty", "Bill Knot", and "Jasing". CD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)
 
 
 



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