One of the annual treats of the Chicago Jazz Festival is the late night after-fest opportunity to travel south to a neighborhood bar for a free expression dessert. The brain food is served up by stalwart tenor man Fred Anderson and assorted assemblages, and the venue is Fred’s own “Velvet Lounge.” From someone who has impacted his particular slice of jazz for several decades, helping to found the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, that’s scant opportunity unless you live in Chicago. For those that don’t, recorded evidence of this man’s considerable prowess is very limited. Hopefully this two-disc set will help close that gap somewhat.
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