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Big-toned tenor saxophonist Ari Brown is well known for his work with fellow AACM members Lester Bowie, Kahil El’Zabar, and Anthony Braxton. Yet with a career that stretches back to the ‘60s, he’s released a scant four albums as a leader. Here, on his first studio effort in 15 years, he leads his longtime quintet through mix of originals and classics. While the title would seem to indicate a funk-jazz fusion, the music is organic; bassist Yosef Ben Israel, drummer Avreeayl Ra, and hand percussionist Dr. Cuz offer perfectly synced rhythmic beds for Brown and his brother Kirk Brown on acoustic piano to solo. Long a disciple who worships at the altars of John Coltrane and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Brown solos vividly on his reggae-ish take on Trane’s slow blues “Lonnie’s Lament” and embraces Kirk’s devotion to melody and multi-horn tones (for the latter, check out the end of the hard-charging “Veda’s Dance”). Other standouts include a bluesy version of Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood” and the straight-ahead “One for Ken.”


Born: February 1, 1944

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Versatility has characterized the career of Ari Brown, a Chicago-based reedman and occasional pianist who plays hard bop and post-bop as convincingly as he plays avant-garde jazz. After growing up on the city's South Side and graduating from high school in the early '60s, Brown attended Chicago's Wilson College, where he met Jack DeJohnette, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, and others who would later become members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)....
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 29, 2013

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