Reviews that mention George Freeman

January 26, 2016

George Freeman/Chico Freeman

All in the Family
Southport S-SSD 014

Chico Freeman/Heiri Känzig

The Arrival

Intakt Records CD 251

Sessions involving fathers and children or siblings are common enough in improvised music. But All in the Family is one of the few whose chief protagonists are a nephew and his uncle. Then again like the Midwestern individuality that produced figures like Saul Alinsky and Ernest Hemingway – not to mention a Blues variant and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (ACCM) – this isn’t unexpected. MORE

January 1, 2016

NPR’s 10th Annual

Jazz Critics Poll Ballot

Ken Waxman (The New York City Jazz Record, Jazz Word)


  1. Roscoe Mitchell, Celebrating Fred Anderson (Nessa)
  2. Daniel Carter-William Parker-Federico Ughi, Navajo Sunrise (Rudi)
  3. François Carrier-Michel Lambert-Rafal Mazur, Unknowable (Not Two)
  4. Anna Webber, Refraction (Pirouet)
  5. Tim Berne, You've Been Watching Me (ECM)
  6. Evan Parker, Seven (Victo)
  7. Samuel Blaser, Spring Rain (Whirlwind)
  8. Akira Sakata-Giovanni Di Domenico-John Edwards-Steve Noble, Live at Cafe Oto (Clamshell)
  9. James Falzone & the Renga Ensemble, The Room Is (Allos Documents)
  10. George Freeman & Chico Freeman, All in the Family (Southport)

November 8, 2013


George Freeman
By Ken Waxman

Over the years he’s played with Gene Ammons, Charlie Parker, Johnny Griffin and Richard “Groove” Holmes, composed a couple of funky jazz hits and still gigs frequently at 85, yet if Chicago-based George Freeman is known in jazz, it’s as the last remaining jazz-playing Freeman Brothers.

Baby brother of the three siblings, that included Drummer Bruz 1921-2006) and tenor saxophonist Von (1922-12012), he’s also the uncle of saxophonist Chico Freeman. Freeman says without boasting, but with no false modesty “God gave me an extremely different type of talent, but I don’t think I’ve been properly heard”. MORE

July 8, 2009

Red Holloway

Go Red Go!
Delmark DE 585

Eventually and conclusively class wins out.

Never a top-ranked saxophonist at any point during his more than 60-year-career, tenor and alto man Red Holloway is still able to turn out first-class CDs without compromising his integrity. Consistency and professionalism are his watchwords. Take as evidence this disc recorded last year with a Chicago organ combo, when Holloway was a mere 82.

A Chicago native who has long lived in Los Angles, Holloway epitomizes the musician as workhorse. Possessed of a gritty tone and an unerring rhythmic sense, he has gigged with almost everyone in music or showbiz world from blues pianist Roosevelt Sykes to rock-blues star John Mayall; and from vocalist Joe Williams to fellow saxophonist Sonny Stitt. Although he was a studio player, led night-club house bands and backed vocal groups, in the jazz world he’s probably best-known for his stint with organist Brother Jack McDuff alongside George Benson. MORE